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The good old days?


Dan Haneckow publishes a blog on "Travel, History and Portland, Oregon" called cafe unknownBack in March of 2008, he posted an article about one of the city's first efforts at a motorist public safety campaign.  The article gives an insightful glimpse into our city's past and our longtime attempts to make the roads safer.

The most interesting ephemera Haneckow's published, I think, are videos taken by the Portland Traffic Engineering Bureau and the Portland Traffic Safety Commission in the 1930s.  The videos were used to evaluate new traffic control features - stoplights! 

Click the video player below to check out a video of SW Washington and 6th Avenue from 1936.  Or click the link above to Haneckow's entire article with more videos.  It's well worth a read! 


Click the video player to check out the good ol' days



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