What Happened to DTLA’s Old Traffic Tunnels?

You can still find a sealed entrance in Westlake
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You can see traffic tunnels in old photos of DTLA. What happened to them?

A streetcar ran beneath elevated portions of Hill, 1st, and Broadway early in the 20th century, but the city started to flatten the hills and remove the tunnels in 1948. You can find the sealed entrance to one tunnel behind the Belmont Station apartments in Westlake.


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Nichols joined Los Angeles magazine in 2000. He writes the Ask Chris column and brings a historical perspective to the magazine with pieces on lost neon, vintage road trips, and stylish Angelenos living in the past. He has been involved in historic preservation for 25 years working to save the iconic mid-century modern architecture of Los Angeles. His book The Leisure Architecture of Wayne McAllister won the Independent Publishers award in 2008.Got a burning question about life in L.A.? Chris Nichols has an answer. Want an urban myth debunked? Need to settle a wager? E-mail your questions to [email protected]