Lakewood Center Concept, 1950
The new Lakewood Center would be fully integrated into the development of Lakewood and built at the same time as the houses. Never before had a complete city and its shopping district been designed and built together. The developers had ambitious plans for Lakewood Center that included a hospital, an office tower, and a community recreation center. No one in the retail business knew if the idea would succeed. The risks were great, but so were the ambitions of Lakewood Center builders Louis Boyar, S. Mark Taper, and Ben Weingart.
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