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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.

 

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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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