The top photograph shows the aftermath of a two-vehicle collision along Wilshire Boulevard just east of Fairfax Avenue, along with a mysteriously cheerful group of bystanders. Taken with the contemporary photograph, the montage depicts two significant changes to the Boulevard’s streetscape that have taken place since mid-century. During the late 1950s, its Miracle Mile section was outfitted with traffic islands planted with palm trees, now landmarks in themselves. The bottom photo also shows two of the many large bus shelters installed along its length during the implementation of Metro Rapid bus service in the early 2000s.
Source: Cohan, Charles C. “Traffic plan plus charm advanced.” Los Angeles Times. 8 Sep. 1957. F1.
Original photo: “Examiner-m10997 – Auto versus auto (Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue), 1952.” Los Angeles Examiner Negatives Collection. USC Digital Library. UCS Libraries Special Collections. http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/assetserver/controller/view/EXM-N-9561-007~2.