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Great Failures in Transportation

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Southern California has long been known for sunshine, sandy beaches and...traffic. After World War II, when the population exploded, engineers and urban planners came up with a variety of solutions. One plan would have created a grid of freeways, one every four miles. Another involved using the open skies. And what happened to all those promised monorails?

Take a brief, tongue-in-cheek look at some of the solutions that didn't quite pan out.

Some Interesting Resources

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Southern California Freeway Development — An fascinating collection of maps, dating to the late 1940's, showing plans for developing an ambitious network of expressways across the basin.

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100 Years of Flying Cars — This site features scores of amusing designs, from the earliest days of the automobile to the present time. Plus, here's a great newsreel from the 1950's about the Aero Flying Car, whose fans included a big TV star of the day, Bob Cummings.

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An LA Transit Timeline — A brief history of transportation in Southern California, from PBS's Blueprint America project.

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California High Speed Rail Interactive Map — California High Speed Rail Authority's map shows the proposed route of the proposed high-speed rail system for the state. Featuring "visualizations" of the trains as they travel across the landscape.

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