Monday, October 27, 2008

1960, Corralitas Drive: Tree-Lined Suburbia

Photo: Kleven, 1960. Corralitas Drive was once a tree-lined suburban street with front yards. This portion of Corralitas now lies under the 2 Freeway. (Click on photo to enlarge.)

In 1960, the Kleven family bought their home on Corralitas Drive. Over the next few years, the Klevens watched the State destroy the idyllic tree-lined street where kids played in the front yards. Like Futterer at the Holyland Exhibition, the Klevens had the forethought to keep a photographic record of the rapid changes that came with freeway construction.

Prior to the 2 Freeway, Corralitas Drive had two means of vehicle access. In exchange for losing our second vehicle accessway, we got a less than 10' wide public pedestrian access to Allesandro Way and Lake View Ave., adjacent to the 2 Freeway.

We're reviewing the photographic history of our neighborhood surrounding the 2 Freeway, in anticipation of the EIR for the 2 Freeway Terminus Project.