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California Avenue “L” with Automobiles below, 1931

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California Avenue “L” with Automobiles below, 1931
Courtesy of Chicago Transit Authority

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This object appears in the following sections:


Communities
Chicago, the Transit Metropolis — The 1920s and 30s: Transit, the Automobile and the City


California Avenue "L," Chicago, Illinois
Not a part of the official Smithsonian Collection
This image shows the Chicago "L" station at California Avenue with automobiles below.
Physical Description
Photograph. Black and white view of Chicago "L" platform and structure.
Details
Date Made:
1931
Locations:
Illinois
Note:
Chicago
Credit:
Courtesy of Chicago Transit Authority
History
Chicago decided almost inadvertently to favor the automobile as early as the 1920s. Although "L" ridership reached its peak in the 1920s, a variety of road projects-including Miller McClintock's traffic control plan, the Wacker drive project, and a far-reaching superhighway system-were proposed during this period, as city leaders and planners began to look for ways to adapt the city to the car.
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Depicted
Chicago Transit Authority

Depicted
Chicago, Illinois


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