Saturday, January 19, 2013

Traffic Jam



Welcome to Traffic Jam Week. This week we will be looking at various traffic snarls throughout the last 100 years. This one is in Detroit Michigan, and the picture was taken in about 1920.

Hope you all will share your traffic stories. How many of you have to deal with snarled traffic on a routine basis?

12 comments:

  1. Today in most cities, traffic snarls last for the whole trip as the funding for highways and streets is continually stripped from budgets to feed the other divisions of the government. Planners have always been able to define the needs on all facilities but the project programmers must select only 10 - 25 percent for financing each year. As traffic on those roadways that are denied funds for improvements, accidents increase prortionately.

    Frankly, the snarl in the picture here looks like Houston on early Sunday morning. Since people do not tend to ride buses or trains where they are available, the snarling will continue.Another good reason to live in the country.

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  2. That is interesting. With a traffic cop high up in his perch and all those fancy lights up there with him, you would think traffic would be running smooth instead of being backed up like that.

    What I find strange is being on a Interstate 4 lane highway, that the traffic would only be moving at 5 to 10 MPH, or even stop completely.
    That is the way it is om the Interstate going out of Minneapolis in the afternoons.

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  3. These "Crow's Nest Traffic Towers" were installed in 1917 in Detroit, the first one being at Woodward and Michigan Avenues. They were relatively short lived, with the first nest being replaced in 1920 with traffic lights.

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  4. I wonder if there are any photos of a horse traffic jam back when everyone rode a horse. I'm thinking about the old western towns.

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  5. I've never seen a tollbooth like that before, really cool to me. Although, I'm not sure I'd want that job. With all the yelling and fumes and noises, can you imagine the headache that man probably has going home? Not even thinking of him having to deal with weather and the worry that some car would smack that booth! :)

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    1. Just now noticed how pretty that street behind the booth is with all the trees lining it.

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  6. I wonder if there are any photos of a horse traffic jam back when everyone rode a horse. I'm thinking about the old western towns.

    I don't think a horse traffic jam ever happened. They're all terrain and 4 hoof drive.

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  7. LOVE the pic and old cars as I'm watching Bar. Jackson!!

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  8. I'm in California. I win (or lose really).

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  9. Back in those days the cars had different caraters. Now they all look like clones of the same bubble.

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  10. Looks confusing.


    Grandpa

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  11. Thanks for the history lesson, Nate. I bet this photo would make Henry Ford proud. ;) Whatever their traffic system is supposed to be, it doesn't appear to be working well. As a resident of a rural town, we thankfully don't have to deal with traffic snarls. No thanks!
    -Anne K.

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