Philadelphia is known as the “City of Brotherly Love” and was named by William Penn, who combined two Greek words Philos (love) and Adelphos (brother). The City’s grid much like those of Boston, and New York City was laid out in 1682 by Penn’s surveyor Thomas Holme. What worked well for the horse and buggy didn’t for the automobile by the mid-1910s when automobile use became somewhat commonplace, and the population had grown.
The lead image and the enlargeable version of it (below) taken in the mid-1950s at an unknown location in the Philadelphia Metropolitan area includes cars, trucks, and streetcars. The second image (below) dating to the mid-1960s includes four lanes of traffic caught in a traffic jam somewhere in the City.
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