Monday, November 3, 2008

1960, Grading on a Massive Scale for the 2 & 5 Freeways

Photo: 1960, Futterer, Holyland Exhibit. Shot from atop the slope adjacent to Lake View Ave. and Allesandro Way, facing northeast. (Click on photo to enlarge.)

The Klevens' home was on the lower portion of Corralitas Drive (on the left in above photo). Theirs was one of just six homes on that portion of Corralitas to remain after freeway construction. The typical house was less than 1000 sq ft.

Countless tons of earth were removed from the Red Car right-of-way, which was elevated on a graded slope from Allesandro Way north to India. The earth from the Red Car right-of-way, as well as from the Semi Tropic Spiritualists' Tract and what is now a part of Elysian Park just off Riverside Drive and Newell Street, was used in elevating the 2 and 5 Freeways. Leftover dirt was subsequently dumped in these large open areas when construction finished.

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