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East-West parking ban speeds downtown traffic

East-West parking ban speeds downtown traffic

June 15, 1937: Traffic on Eighth Street at Main Street, looking west, is moving smoothly after a new parking ban went into effect for a 30-day trial period.

An article in the next morning’s Los Angeles Times reported:

Traffic moved at a greater speed yesterday in downtown Los Angeles.

A parking ban on east-west streets in the central business area went into effect for a 30-day period. More than 200 signs posted on light standards called attention of motorists to the new regulation.

“Results were apparent within an hour after the ban was in force,” said Street Traffic Engineer Dorsey. “The street car company called us up and said their cars were speeding through the central business district in almost less than half the usual time.”

Enforcement officers, according to Dorsey, had a busy day. Scores of motorists accustomed to parking on east-west lanes failed to observe the warning signs. In most instances these drivers were not given citations but were cautioned against parking….

The ban on general parking is effective from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., except Sundays. An ordinance to make the order permanent is now before the City Council for consideration.

Both these photos were taken by Los Angeles Times staff photographer Hugh Arnott. The photo above accompanied the quoted story in the June 16, 1937, Los Angeles Times. The photo below was unpublished.

June 15, 1937: On-street parking was continued to be allowed on the wider section of Wilshire Boulevard west from Grand Avenue. Credit: Hugh Arnott / Los Angeles Times

1 Comment

  1. April 9, 2013, 5:48 am

    An excellent photo and story to accompany the photo. This is very much appreciated.

    By: porterville 72

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