We are back in Philadelphia once again, and this time it is for a traffic jam on one of the City’s thoroughfares. Surveyor General Thomas Holme began laying out a grid of streets in 1682 in a rectangular pattern according to William Penn’s plan that consisted of four distinct sections each centered on a public park and a square. Later in 1917, the mile-long Benjamin Franklin Parkway was constructed which cuts across a part of the city diagonally northwest beginning at City Hall.
This image taken some thirty years later shows the congestion that results from thousands of cars and trucks that overload the City’s grid during morning and evening rush hours. Some sixty-five-years after this photo was taken it gives us an excellent opportunity to observe a representative slice of vehicles on the streets at the time which are led by a “Bathtub” Nash four-door sedan. Tell us what you find of interest in this image courtesy of PhillyHistory.