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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • TAKE A KODAK, c. 1930s

Low Speed Rail: 1903

Low Speed Rail: 1903

Jacksonville, Florida, circa 1903. "Main Street streetcar." 5x7 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

It Sure Doesn't Look That Way Now

This bucolic look was gone by the 30s, and currently, this is a very unpleasent looking urban district. Details on the decline, and attempted rebirth of this neghborhood are here, with many pictures:

http://www.metrojacksonville.com/article/2011-sep-walkable-commercial-di...

What you see today

In close-in suburbs you occasionally see an orphan road separated from the main roadway by a narrow green or concrete strip. This photo explains it: when streetcar rights of way were converted to roads, what had been the auto lanes got cut off, with little use except for local access and parking.

 
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