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99% Invisible-70- The Great Red Car Conspiracy

Roman Mars on January 11, 2013 17:39

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    When Eric Molinsky lived in Los Angeles, he kept hearing this story about a bygone transportation system called the Red Car. The Red Car, he was told, had been this amazing network of streetcars that connected the city--until a car company bought it, dismantled it, and forced a dependency on freeways.

    But like most legends, the one that Eric heard about the Red Car is not entirely accurate. It's true that Los Angeles did have an extensive mass transit system called the Red Car, which at one time ran on 1,100 miles of track--about 25 percent more more track mileage than New York City has today, a century later.

    But the Red Car wasn't the victim of a conspiracy. The Red Car WAS the conspiracy.


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