Chicago Commerce, May 19, 1911
Studies In Traffic Congestion Regulation
The accompanying photos, supplied by Capt. Healey of the mounted police, suggest how pressing is Chicago’s problem of transportation, and how well the traffic difficulties of the business district are met by the efficient service of both arms of the police department. The many great sky-scrapers projected, each housing a small town, do not contribute any simplifying factors to this problem. Upon the other hand, Chicago is showing as never before competency to cope with this situation.
At the Right Things Are Moving Comfortably at Clark Street Bridge; but Something Butts in from the Ample Supply on the Left or from the Unseen Far Right, and There You Are.
For Five Minutes the Police Refrained from Regulation of Traffic at Randolph and Dearborn Streets, and This Situation of Confusion Confounded Resulted.
There Is Aways Plenty Doing on the Four Streets Bounding the Federal Building, But You Never Fully Realize It Until Something Goes Wrong
The Police Were Removed from This District, State and Madison Streets, for Three and One-Half Minutes.
Flow of Traffic One Minute After Blockade Shown in Above Cut Had Been Lifted,
In This Situation, State and Randolph Streets, a Blockade Has Been P ermitted to Form by the Momentary Withdrawal of the Police. The Currents Are Resuming Their Normal Flow in One of Chicago’s Confusing Traffic Centers.
A Normal Situation Preserved by Due Regard for the Rules of the Road. That is to Say Teamsters Changing Direction at Crossings Keep to the Outside, and if No Breakdowns Occur Traffic Moves to the Whistle in Uninterrupted Harmony.
Intersection of La Salle and Monroe streets in 1912 reflecting the popularity of the automobile and the always growing need for traffic control.