Wow. This is an amazing historical video from April 1961 of one of the very last Red Car trips from Downtown LA to Long Beach. The historic Red Car system was owned and operated by Pacific Electric out of 6th and Main Street (this is what that corner looks like today).

Why did the urban railway shut down? By most calculations it was because Los Angeles dedicated itself to the onset of the personal car, a growing trend at the time that was to spiral out of control in the following decades (and eventually, come back to bite LA in the ass).

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