This is what Penang Road looked like in the early 20th century – we once had a car-free George Town, didn’t we?

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The foreground is the intersection of Chulia Street (left) with Penang Road. Further down Penang Road on the right, at the junction with Jalan Dato Koyah, is the three-storey Straits Echo building at No 216 Penang Road.

Notice the trolley buses, rickshaws, bicycles and pedestrians – all environmentally friendly.

Thanks to Ric Francis for forwarding this picture.