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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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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Bugs as Food, Freezing Plants, Eco-Village, Penguins and iPads

Season 7, Episode 28

The popularity of bugs as food is growing. Could insects be our next big food source?

A scientist at the Huntington Botanical Gardens is finding a way to freeze succulents that could go extinct.

The Eco-Village is an “intentional community” of people who live sustainably, affordably and cooperatively in the middle of LA.

Penguins at the Aquarium of the Pacific enjoy chasing virtual mice on an IPad.


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Tree Canopies, Endangered White Rhinos, From Food to Fuel

Season 7, Episode 22

How the "canopy" from shade trees can help our environment.

White rhino Nola was the Safari Park's signature animal, but now she's a symbol of extinction.

Food scraps from UC Irvine’s commissary used to be sent to landfills where it  produced destructive greenhouse gases.

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Season 7 Episode 31

Microbeads Micro Pollution -m A tiny source of water pollution is coming from some skin care products. Night Runners - Running through L.A. at night is not scary when you're part of a crowd. Slab City - Is there still a place in America where you can live for free? Banana Museum - One man's obsession becomes a tourist attraction.

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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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