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Inglewood's Commercial Street in 1910 and 1927 [updated]

Inglewood’s Commercial Street in 1910 and 1927 [updated]

1910: Commercial Street in downtown Inglewood. Middle photo below is Commercial Street in 1927. Bottom photo shows the location in 1971.

These two photos were published in the March 7, 1927, Los Angeles Times. The caption reported:

Smiles were the order of the day when the founders of Inglewood laid out the business section of the city. “Why the boulevard?” was the question asked when Commercial Street was discovered to be triple the width of an ordinary street. The folly of yesterday, however, is praised today as foresight. As cities grow the traffic becomes heavier, and if a city continues to grow ample provision must be made for the handling of vehicular and pedestrian travel. This the Fathers of Inglewood had learned and decided to build for the future instead of the present…

The photo credit in 1927 for both images was Security Trust and Savings Bank. The 1910 photo is online as part of the Security Pacific National Bank Collection at the Los Angeles Public Library.

Commercial Street is now La Brea Avenue. The bottom image from ProQuest, shows the same location in 1971. All three photos were published in the March 7, 1971 Los Angeles Times.

Photo from 1927 of Commercial Street in downtown Inglewood. Credit: Security Trust and Savings Bank.

Photo published in the March 7, 1971 Los Angeles Times shows the same location. Commercial St, now named La Brea Ave., is still crowded. The first intersection is Regent St. Credit: ProQuest.

[Updated on Feb. 19, 2014 with additional information from the March 7, 1971 edition of the Los Angeles Times.]

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  1. February 18, 2014, 7:39 am

    Only one side of the street has telephone wires…is that a traffic signal in the middle, above? Roger in Coarsegold

  2. February 19, 2014, 2:12 pm

    Is Commercial Street still there? Or is it La Brea now?

    By: jdarsa
  3. February 19, 2014, 8:32 pm

    The 1927 shot was the way my maternal grandfather would have seen it. Amazing.

    By: Jeanie
  4. March 11, 2014, 3:21 am

    Inglewood always up 2 no gud

    By: paul

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