photo from Metro Transportation Library and Archive’s Flickr page
I thought we’d get historical for today’s photo. This is a view north of Broadway in downtown Los Angeles, taken from Olympic Boulevard. The photo was taken in 1940 and there are a couple of things interesting to me: the first is that even in those days there were off-street parking lots in downtown, taking up valuable space. It appears that parking cost only 10 cents in 1940. It’s not that cheap today, but it’s still cheap compared to other big cities.
The second thing is that you can see at least five streetcars in the frame — suggesting how frequent service was along Broadway. The streetcars may not have been fast and they got in the way of car traffic, but at this point there were certainly a lot of them trolling for business in downtown.
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