What the impending Carmageddon in Los Angeles has really underscored to me is the necessity for major cities to seriously invest in their public transit infrastructures - and what it's demonstrated to me is that Los Angeles wasted a lot of time before it started getting around to that necessity. I know that all the cool cities were tearing up their streetcar networks in the years after the war, but subways were also cool in the 1950s. Hell, Cleveland of all places built a subway in the 1950s. I have to wonder if LA would be in this situation today if it had been building up a subway network over the last sixty years.
Still, at least it has one now... it's a start. In this photo from 2009, a few riders wait to board a train at Union Station.
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