The Pacific Coast narrow gauge and Southern Pacific standard gauge railroads affected the economy of San Luis Obispo and shaped city growth and morphology. This essay traces this imprint, celebrates the historic role of the railroads on the city and region, and, speculates on the future potential of fixed rail transportation for economy development.
Dandekar, Hemalata C. and Jordan, Adrianna
"The Railroads and San Luis Obispo’s Urban Form,"
Focus: Journal of the City and Regional Planning Department:
1, Article 11.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.calpoly.edu/focus/vol8/iss1/11