Into Downtown L.A.

The L.A. skyline lies ahead in this view, and a Blue Line train has left Pico station,  just about to head into its final stretch, the short subway under Flower St. 

I lived in metropolitan L.A. for about eight years through the later 1970s.  My time there started before the first energy crisis, in an era when great stretches of property were still being ceded for an expanding regional freeway system.  The thought that the area would ever support multiple light rail lines, a subway rapid transit system, and extensive commuter rail -- it all might have been some kind of weird fantasy of a demented railfan.  There were no realistic clues then of what would come to be some decades ahead. 

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