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
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.