Friday, October 24, 2008

1962, Freeway Divides Silver Lake, Echo Park

Photo: Futterer, Holyland Exhibition, 1962. Photo matches the last few postings from corner of Allesandro Way and Lake View Ave. (Click on photo to enlarge.)

The Holyland Exhibition lost all but six feet of their once lush front yard to the realignment of Allesandro Way when the State built the 2 Freeway through our neighborhood. What was once a trolley corridor was now an 8-lane concrete highway crossable only at Oak Glen Ave., where the State gave us an overpass. Any connection neighbors felt between the communities of Silver Lake and Echo Park through the corridor was destroyed by the freeway.

Next week: grading hell comes to Corralitas Drive.

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