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Traffic jam

November 20, 2007 |  8:55 am


Los Angeles Times Photograph

This is Main Street, Los Angeles, 1911. I am posting this photo for the benefit of everyone who believes that traffic is a new problem. Los Angeles residents in the early 20th century were already painfully familiar with congested streets, but instead of being caused by autos, the traffic jams involved streetcars. As early as 1907, Henry Huntington experimented with the idea of elevated tracks, but nothing ever came of it.

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