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Witness, Freedom

The following film was shot from a streetcar traveling down Market Street in San Francisco in 1905, one year before the earthquake and fire that gutted the city.

Notice the seeming chaos and the thousands of accidents waiting to happen that didn’t occur.

What this video also reveals and makes me wonder about: How much more we are controlled today than we once were.

I wonder if the people in this film would even accept the traffic restrictions and police incursion into the transportation system we now accept as an absolute necessity.

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