"I won the right to name a street in southern California ," writes author and photographer Douglas McCulloh. The chance win at a charity event launched McCulloh into an obsessive relationship with a 134-home subdivision just commencing in Southern California's Inland Empire . Increasingly captivated with the creation of this new neighborhood, he haunted the place he named Dream Street , vividly chronicling the lives of builders, workers, and prospective homebuyers with his camera and tape recorder.
In Dream Street , as the tract of land progresses from an abandoned strawberry field to a jumble of framed houses to a typical suburban neighborhood, McCulloh puts a human face on the process that has shaped so much of America . The name " Dream Street ," he soon discovers, belies reality for those building the homes-most of whom are poorly trained and paid-and for those flocking to open house events hoping to buy. McCulloh's timely and captivating work illuminates the history and fate of Dream Streets everywhere.