Category: Knowledge Base

Cartographer Laura L. Whitlock: Los Angeles’ Pioneer mapmaker and copyright warrior

During the early years of the 20th century, Laura L. Whitlock, “the official mapmaker of Los Angeles County” was the first woman cartographer in the United States to publish her work for the mass market and the first person in…

Metro Rail Openings

    1990 July 14: Metro Blue Line opens between downtown Los Angeles and Long Beach (later renamed “A Line”) 1990 September 1: Metro Blue Line Long Beach Loop opens 1991 February 15: Metro Blue Line, Segment II opens between…

Metro K Line: Crenshaw Corridor History and Resources

The Crenshaw Corridor, one of the highest population density regions in Los Angeles, has been a candidate route for mass transit for decades. In the early 20th Century, the corridor was well served by the streetcar system. The corridor was…

Los Angeles in the 21st Century: How Much Do the City’s 1988 Forecast and Transportation Recommendations Hold Up?

Tomorrow is the 30th anniversary of the submission to Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley the final report of The Los Angeles 2000 Committee, LA 2000: A City for the Future. A compelling read in its entirety, the report is a…

How Silent Film Star Harold Lloyd “Flew” Through 1924 Multi-Modal Los Angeles

  The silent film era of the 1910’s and 1920’s was a period of explosive growth for Los Angeles.  For example, the number of automobiles registered in Los Angeles County quadrupled in just eight years, from 1914-1922. This transition to…

100 Years Ago Today: The Tragic Accident That Changed Los Angeles Streetcars Forever

At approximately 9:20 p.m. on this date in 1913, a Pacific Electric streetcar on the Venice Short Line slammed into another one on the same track just 50 feet east of Vineyard Junction. The accident, near the present-day intersection of Pico Boulevard…

How Is A Mastodon Like A Bus?: Local Transit Planning Impacts Los Angeles’ Paleontological Record

How is a Mastodon like a Bus?

At the 7th Annual LA as Subject Archives Bazaar last month, archivist Denise Villegas participated in a “Pecha Kucha-style lightning round” highlighting each collection’s most unusual documents or artifacts. Her presentation captivated the audience, so we are now sharing it…

80 Years Ago This Week: Los Angeles Welcomes (And Transports) The World To The 1932 Summer Olympics

1932 Olympic Organizing Committee official report

Millions around the globe begin to set their sights on London for the next few weeks, making this a great time to take a look back at Los Angeles’ experience with the Olympics. As one of the very few cities to…

Vault Disney: How The Magic Kingdom Showcased The Magnificent Future Of Transportation in 1958

Vault Disney: Business conference

A look back through our archives provides no shortage of historic photos, documents and other resources telling the story of transportation planning and operation in Southern California. But sometimes, we come across something very special, though not necessarily related to the…