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Wish You Were Here: Postcards From the Roads of L.A.'s Past

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In Los Angeles, our traffic is legendary...mostly for being congested and painful for car commuters. While Detroit has the nickname "Motor City," L.A. is definitely a Freeway City.

We're taking a look back at the early days of Los Angeles' streets, from the era of the horse-and-buggy to horseless carriage totting alongside our streetcars in Downtown, to the emergence of the freeway, slicing through our landscape, all through vintage postcards. Recognize your commute?

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