I just stumbled on this thread...

How do I get rid of modern cars when doing street photography? Simple.

First, I use an 8x10 camera.

Second, I photograph early Sunday mornings.

Third, I photograph in the fifth largest city in the US... Phoenix.

Coming from the NJ/NY area I have to tell you I love it here... it's a virtual ghost town early Sunday mornings! I have to wait for people to enter the shot (if I want them). I don't usually have to worry about cars, though. I actually did a modern day "Meudon" (by Kertezs) a few weeks ago. I actually had my tripod on (in a traffic lane) Central Ave. in Phoenix. Caught an airliner in between two skyscrapers (at least what they call a skyscraper here) and two elderly people crossing in the middle of the street at the same time. Then I turned the camera 180 degrees and got a shot looking north, including the historic San Carlos and Westward Ho hotels. The only person in the photo was a homeless guy looking into a jewelry store window. There were more people inside the Starbucks behind me than there were on the streets of the 5th largest...