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And commuting was born

July 22, 2008 |  7:25 am


 
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Sounds familiar, doesn't it? Except this was published in The Times on July 1, 1901. Today, we shake our heads when we read about someone who works in Santa Monica or downtown Los Angeles and lives in the Inland Empire or the Antelope Valley or in South Orange County. But it's no different than what people were doing more than a century ago. And we can't blame the automobile in this era. It's the streetcar system that allows people to live far from where they work.

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