The Olympics may be coming to a close in London, but the Metro Library’s Primary Resources Blog is serving up a local double-header of Olympics history.
Back in 1932, Los Angeles welcomed the world to a much smaller affair during the Great Depression. (Only 1,500 athletes from 37 nations took part, with the Olympic Village in Baldwin Hills).
The Metro Library’s Primary Resources blog explores in depth how the the city moved athletes and spectators around 80 years ago — when L.A. was criss-crossed by the streetcars and interurban rail lines of one of the largest transit systems on the planet.
Fast forward a half-century: Los Angeles welcomes the world back, despite that rail system having been completely dismantled for more than two decades.
How did Los Angeles transport athletes, spectators and millions of local residents through the first Olympics staged in a city without a rapid transit system since 1960?
Primary Resources takes an extensive look at how L.A. managed to pull off a Olympic-sized feat in 1984, greatly reducing traffic and smog throughout the region thanks to a comprehensive transportation plan built entirely around a fleet of buses.