Sunday, July 21, 2013

2 & 5 Freeway Interchange: From The Archives, "Oceans of Concrete"*

Photo: Kleven, 1960. Rosebud Ave on the Corralitas side of the 2 Freeway may be the road in the foreground (parallel with the bottom edge of the photo) prior to realignment for the 2 Freeway. The corner of one of these now cleared homes was in yesterday's post. Note the vast swath of homes cleared in Elysian Valley (on the other side of Riverside Drive) for the 5 Freeway. (Click on photo to enlarge.)

Photo: Kleven, 1961. Matches photo above. Note the shape of the Glassell Park hills in the background of each. It's hard to to tell exactly what you're looking at until you realize just how many on-ramps and off-ramps are in the 2 & 5 Interchange. (Click on photo to enlarge.)

Photo: Smith, February, 1971. Shot from a bit higher on the hill than the previous two photos, but it gives a good perspective on the oceans of concrete poured for the 2 & 5 Freeways. Yes, that's snow on the San Gabriels in the background. (Click on photo to enlarge.)

Photo: Edwardson, 2004. Thankfully, trees have grown over 46 years to help block the view of the 2 & 5 Interchange. (Click on photo to enlarge.)

We're reviewing the photographic history of our neighborhood surrounding the 2 Freeway, in anticipation of the EIR for the 2 Freeway Terminus Project. (2008)*

*PLEASE NOTE, this post was originally posted October 31, 2008: "Oceans of Concrete: 2 & 5 Freeway Interchange." 

Due to  last week's tanker fire & planned rebuilding of the damaged portions of the interchange, it's time for another look at the neighborhood before the freeways. 

Click here for all our 2 Freeway History posts.