From the looks of this photo, if you were driving down Wilshire Blvd in 1932 and came to the Vermont Avenue intersection, you’d have to negotiate your way across without the assistance of traffic lights. I wouldn’t have thought that would be too difficult until I came across this shot, which shows us that traffic is heavier than I’d have thought.
What this intersection looks like now (photo take March 2015.) Can you imagine trying to negotiate it without traffic lights?!