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No Car-tastrophe in '84

Angelenos are bracing for the worst of all possible weekends. In car-conscious Southern California, the 405 shutdown is the equivalent of a natural disaster.

But look what happened in 1984, when the Los Angeles Olympics brought the same dire predictions of total gridlock. The region somehow managed to avoid massive freeway congestion and transit meltdown. What did they do right?

Here's a somewhat off-kilter look back from SoCal Rewind — our on-going series of reports illustrating that those who don't learn from history are condemned to repeat it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Organic Waste, U.S. Bank Tower, Educated and Homeless, Handful of Cards

Season 7, Episode 27

Food scraps are turned into fuel at a state-of-the-art Orange County recycling center.

A close-up view of the colorful light show from the top of downtown's U.S. Bank tower. 

A graduate student at UCLA has a secret. He has chosen to live in his car.

The amazing dexterity of twins who have mastered the art of "cardistry." 

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The Wrongly Convicted

Season 7, Episode 18

A special in-depth look at two men who were imprisoned for crimes they did not commit and their efforts to get just compensation after being freed. 
 

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Silicon Beach on a Wave

Season 7, Episode 20

Hi-tech companies have flocked to Venice, Santa Monica and Playa Vista combining digital technology with entertainment. Will Silicon Beach be more diverse than Silicon Valley? And how are long-time residents fighting back against gentrification?

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Hyperloop, Robotic Parking, Vintage Steam Train

Season 7, Episode 21

Two competing L.A. companies are developing a "hyperloop" to move people at 750 mph in a frictionless tube. Can it really work?

At a high-tech garage in West Hollywood a computerized robotic system 'stacks' cars for efficient use of parking space.

In Fillmore, a 1913 steam powered locomotive is still going strong giving passengers an authentic taste of classic railroad travel. 

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Housing Hopes and Promises, 'Feathers of Fire': Shadow Theater

Season 7, Episode 23

For decades, residents in one of LA's biggest public housing projects have been waiting for new homes. Has the time finally come? 

A story from Persian mythology is told in spectacular form with puppets, masks, digital imagery and light. 
 

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Season 7 Episode 28

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