The top photo was taken in 1955 in front of Inglewood Park Cemetery on Florence Avenue. I took the bottom photo this afternoon from about the same spot, although I didn’t quite nail the exact framing as the ’55 photo.
What else is different? At some point the streetcar tracks were removed; there are still tracks on the north side of Florence (out of view in both photos) that will be rebuilt for the Crenshaw/LAX Line. The palm trees today are, as expected, much larger. The fountain and its lights are slightly different. The ugly power lines look to have been moved to the north side of the street. They’re still ugly.
This is the first in a series of such shots I’ll be taking — comparing old streetcar photos to contemporary times. I should have another decent one tomorrow. Stay tuned please — and let me know if you have any ideas for other photos!