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JAMA 100 Years Ago
March 5, 2003


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JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.

JAMA. 2003;289(9):1174. doi:10.1001/jama.289.9.1174-a

The question of transportation in our great cities is one that is agitating public opinion and becoming more or less an issue in local politics. The inconveniences of obsolete systems not progressive pari passu with the growth and needs of the cities call more and more for better facilities, especially in view of the modern tendency to concentration of population and expansion of municipalities. The inconvenience, however, of permanent surface railway tracks in the business centers is such that some substitute is constantly being advocated. Surface railroads are going out of date in some of our larger cities and elevated and underground transportation are being advocated. New sanitary questions will be raised by these changes and it is worth while to make some inquiry for the benefit of the public as to all possible dangers.

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