The lower end of Granada Drive - Little Boxes - Malvina Reynolds - Aug 2010

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MaxFarrar on August 25, 2010

'Little Boxes' was not written about Daly City, California, contrary to what most people have heard or believe.

In 1964 I took my girlfriend to the Los Robles Lodge in Santa Rosa to hear the well-known songwriter Malvina Reynolds perform. Pete Seeger had already made 'Little Boxes' popular. Malvina was a friend of the Limelighters who had a ranch on Graton Rd west of Sebastopol. She explained that on a trip up Hwy 101 through Marin County she'd been struck by the uniformity of a row of new houses climbing a hillside East of the freeway as they came over a hill in Corte Madera. She told us that she'd begun writing the song in the car and that it was finished by the time they'd arrived at the Limelighters' Ranch.

I knew immediately which row of houses she was talking about, because I'd been impressed by it too while riding in our family car. I looked it up on a map and found that it was the brand new Granada Drive.

Over the decades landscaping has mellowed the houses on Granada Drive and the trees have grown up to create a beautiful environment. Other streets have been built up since then, obscuring the original row of houses.

Additionally, CalTrans has planted a row of fast growing evergreens alongside 101 which completely cuts off any view of the hillside subdivision from the freeway.

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