I wouldn’t ask anyone to do something I wouldn’t try myself, so here’s
Route 5 of the Auto Club’s commuting survey from 1957. It’s not an
entirely fair test since I made the trip on a Saturday morning, but it
was an interesting experience all the same.
Photographs by Larry Harnisch The Los Angeles Times
Washington and Lincoln boulevards, Venice. 10:51 a.m.
Washington and Ince Boulevard, 11:02 a.m.
Washington and National Boulevard, 11:03 a.m.
Adams and Redondo Boulevard, 11:07 a.m.
Adams and 8th Avenue, 11:10 a.m.
Adams and Hoover Street, 11:17 a.m.
I wish I’d gotten a shot of the Helms Bakery, but it went by too fast.
Total time, 1957: 30 minutes (rush hour)
Total time, 2007: 28 minutes (weekend)