Roundabout at Elgin and Pretoria, Aug. 24, 1938

This is an interesting photo discovered in LAC’s photographic vault, under accession 1979-140.  As one can see, there is a double streetcar line that appears to veer off to the left as it goes over the bridge to Old Ottawa East, and you can just see a streetcar as it heads over the bridge. Notice the effective roundabout and the tiny stoplight which efficiently routes traffic for  Hawthorne, Pretoria, Elgin, and the Driveway.  The north end of the Glebe is still visible, with  the houses that stand at the corner of Pretoria and the Driveway.  You can see a before and after shot of this intersection done by Alexandre Lequerre. You be the judge as to whether the streetscape is improved or not by the traffic lights.


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