The Olympic Games are getting underway in Pyeongchang, and Los Angeles leaders are already looking ahead to 2028, when the city will host its third Summer Games.
But while local officials dream about the new transit lines and smooth sidewalks that they’ll be able to boast about 10 years from now, let’s take a look back to the last time Los Angeles hosted the games.
Only 34 years have passed since 1984, but the city has changed a lot during that time.
With a population of around 3.02 million, Los Angeles had just overtaken Chicago as the second-largest city in the nation. It had no rail system then (the Blue Line opened six years later), and its tallest building was the First Interstate Tower (aka Aon Center). The 710 freeway was known as State Route 7, and residents of unincorporated West Hollywood were campaigning to turn the neighborhood into its own city.
We’ve rounded up some photos that show what the city looked like when athletes from around the world (minus the USSR) descended upon Los Angeles in July of 1984.