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The Hill Street Tunnels, looking north on Hill Street from First Street, 1954-2014

1954-2014 Like many of the city’s early public works projects, the Hill Street Tunnels provided a solution to one of Los Angeles’ greatest topographic obstacles to regional mobility, the hills at Downtown’s northwestern edge. While of most of them had … Continue reading

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Looking north on Vermont Avenue from 24th Street, 1929-2013

1929-2013 In continuation of the previous post, the view above shows part of the University Park business district along Vermont Avenue, this time looking north from 24th Street. Though there is little indication of it today, the intersection was once … Continue reading

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Looking north on Main Street from the Pacific Electric Building, c.1941-2012

c. 1941-2012 In the half-century following the completion of the Pacific Electric Building (1905), the intersection of Sixth and Main Streets was one of the busiest in the city, seeing a constant flow of streetcars and pedestrians in and out … Continue reading

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Bovard Administration Building, University of Southern California, c.1920-2012

c. 1920-2012 Completed in 1921, the Bovard Administration Building marked a major milestone in the creation of the University of Southern California’s present-day campus. The John Parkinson-designed office building and auditorium formed the centerpiece of the university’s 1918 campus plan … Continue reading

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Looking north on Vermont Avenue from Sixth Street, c.1950-2012

c. 1950-2012 The top photograph shows a southbound streetcar on the Los Angeles Railway’s R line, which connected Hancock Park and Boyle Heights via Downtown. Though primarily an east-west route, its streetcars traveled along a short but busy section of Vermont … Continue reading

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Looking west on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard from Vermont Avenue, May 1937-November 1937

May 1937 – November 1937 Though hardly a trace of it remains today, the streetcar line that once ran along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard predates the road itself. In light of the decline of its freight operations, the Los Angeles … Continue reading

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Looking towards Mudd Hall of Philosophy from Exposition Boulevard, 1953-2012

1953-2012 The top photograph shows an eastbound car on the Pacific Electric Railway’s Santa Monica Air Line, in its final year of passenger service. Nearly six decades after its abandonment, rail transit has returned to Exposition Boulevard with the opening of … Continue reading

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