Construction on Pico Boulevard, looking west from Figueroa Street, jams traffic in Oct. 1930.
Just a bit of evidence that traffic has always been a tricky issue in L.A., though 1930s congestion isn’t all that impressive given today’s standards.
Photo: Cheryl A. Guerrero / Los Angeles Times
L.A. rush hour, 1929 style?
Wilshire and Western on Feb. 10, 1929. Two years later, real estate developer Henry de Roulet, whose office is in the center of the photo, would build the Wiltern Theater and Pellisser Building at the intersection.
At the time, he called it one of the busiest corners in the world.
Photo: Los Angeles Times file
Biking in L.A. - it’s possible! Even for a transplanted Midwesterner like our own Ben Poston, who writes about his experiences learning to maneuver around the city aided by neither car nor public transportation.
It’s not just the lack of traffic that’s enboldened Poston’s faith the viability of biking in L.A.
Riding at a pace between 15 and 20 mph, the city is a slide show instead of a blur.
I mentally catalog the names of the food trucks, carwashes, coffee shops and thrift stores tucked into strip malls that line Sunset. I watch people congregating around the bus stop at the Echo Park Avenue intersection and can even hear snippets of conversations from sidewalk cafes. (“I finally got a TV credit. Everything else is gravy, right?”)
Read Poston’s full perspective here, and maybe begin thinking about dusting off your own bike and helmet.
If you’re heading downtown, it’d be a good idea to leave your car at home today.
President Barack Obama is in town for a fundraiser at George Clooney’s home in Studio City, so traffic might get dicey.
PSA: Traffic gridlock expected during Obama’s West Hollywood visit. Read more about street closures at L.A. Now.
Photo: President Obama in the San Jose area Sunday. Credit: Noah Berger / Associated Press
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It starts at 5pm, right in the middle of rush hour, slows down in the late hours, and then of course picks up again around 7am, as people commute to work. Red dots indicate high levels of traffic and green dots indicate hazards, which I assume are accidents. Watch the day unfold in the video below.
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