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A depiction of what streets used to look like in much of New York City, with streetcars and elevated railways. Just as in many other cities, companies pushed by the invisible hand of General Motors acquired the streetcar lines in New York and ripped them out, replacing them with buses.

 

This scene depicts a time in the steam era, which ended fairly early in the city due to some severe crashes caused by lack of visibility due to smoke. The outcry after that caused the city to force railroads to electrify their lines, and the lines leading into major stations/terminals were also put underground.

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Taken on September 3, 2010