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Photo flashback: Tracks of my tears edition

Today's photo from The Post's archives was shot by a photographer named Driscoll. The caption information on the back reads: Pennsylvania Ave NW showing how the street has been partially paved between intersections, but not at the crossing. Looking West toward the Treasury building show (in the foreground) the intersection of 13th St and Pa NW.

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It was taken on Jan. 23, 1962. What's the significance of that year and month? It's when Washington's streetcars ran for the last time. The tracks you see on the road would soon be pulled up and sold for scrap.

D.C's streetcars were gone by the time I was born in November of that year but my parents often spoke of riding them and many old Washingtonians have fond memories of the streetcars. Was it a mistake to scrap the system? Well interestingly, streetcars are all the rage again.

By John Kelly  |  November 30, 2009; 8:00 AM ET
Categories:  Photos of Washington  
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Imagine if we still had street cars running the routes they ran, and we had the subway, and buses and taxis. Wouldn't the metro area be a better place. It certainly hasn't hurt San Fran or Vienna, Austria, two cities that are served by both. Imagine if a trolley ran all the way down King Street to Old Town Alexandria or down Qauker Lane and into Shirlington. What about a trolley down Rockville Pike?

Posted by: mfromalex | November 30, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

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