This 1911 video from New York City is amazing to watch. It’s nearly eight minutes of video from the time when pedestrians, streetcars, elevated trains and horse drawn carriages prevailed. It’s interesting to see as cars appear in the video midway.

It’s hard to imagine how different American culture would have been if GM et al. hadn’t bought up street cars around the country and shut them down to make room for cars.

Posted by Jeff Reifman

Jeff is a technology consultant based in the Pacific Northwest. Check out Portland Wild, a visual map-driven guide to Portland's public art, its Heritage Trees and its Little Free Libraries.