The Explosion That Stopped the Subway

Railtown

L.A. Subway Terminal

How did rail gain a foothold in a car culture city? UCLA and UC Berkeley legal, business, and environmental scholar Ethan N. Elkind used archival documents, contemporary news accounts, and interviews to show how the Los Angeles Metro Rail took shape. Elkind visits Zócalo to discuss the future of trains in Los Angeles. Below is an excerpt from his book Railtown: The Fight for the Los Angeles Metro Rail and the Future of the City.

The explosion that forever changed the course of Metro Rail had its roots in a turn-of-the-century …

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