Traffic congestion is a never-ending subject of discussion in West Hollywood. Consider the debate at last week’s City Council meeting about whether to test a program to ease congestion at various intersections. It’s a subject that’s likely to always be on the civic agenda, given that some of WeHo’s 45 miles of roadway serve as major arteries for out-of-town commuters, that West Hollywood functions as a sort of gateway between the LA’s west side and eastern neighborhoods and that we live in a car culture.
But there was a time, believe it or not, when the long-gone Pacific Electric ferried passengers on electric street cars through West Hollywood, and when our oft-jammed streets were urban deserts for much of the day. Many of us were actually alive then, although most of us were too young to have been allowed to wander down those streets alone. In 1961, Pacific Electric converted its last streetcar line into one for buses.
On the pages that follow, WEHOville has posted some photos from the Metropolitan Transportation Library and Archives documenting the development of the transportation infrastructure in West Hollywood.