Exhibit by Mark Frazier Lloyd, 2010
"Market Street ‘L’ Proves What Transit Does:
Best Argument for Improved Service Found in West Phila.,
Where Land Values Trebled in Nine Years"
The opening of the Market Street elevated and subway railroad, in 1907, was responsible for the building up of Market Street from Forty-sixth Street to the City Line, at Cobb’s Creek. Before the advent of the road, there were numerous vacant lots and even farm lands in the neighborhood of Fiftieth Street and westward, but within a few years, or while the elevated structure was in the course of erection, these lands were rapidly covered by rows of houses and stores, and a new city came into being, thus proving the correctness of the prophecy made as far back as 1840.
Quoted from Joseph Jackson, Market Street, Philadelphia: The Most Historic Highway in America, Its Merchants, and Its Story, published as a series of articles in the Philadelphia newspaper, the Public Ledger, in 1914 and 1915 (and re-published in book form in 1918).