During WWII, aircraft workers and their families poured into San Diego to build planes at the Consolidated Aircraft plant. From 1941 to 1942, the population of San Diego jumped from about 203,000 to over 300,000.
Concerned about workers’ poor living conditions (and how these conditions might affect productivity) the Federal government began the Linda Vista housing project in March of 1941. Linda Vista is Spanish for “pretty view.”
The first baby born to residents of the Linda Vista community arrived in late June, 1941. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. E. Chapman and had two older siblings, Patricia and Gerald.
Her name? Linda, after Linda Vista.
[A Mental Floss post I read the other day about Linda Vista Hospital reminded me of this story. The abandoned hospital is in Los Angeles and was built decades before San Diego’s housing project, but their names are similar.]