Our history of freeway fighting begins with the Arroyo Seco Parkway in the 1930s, largely recognized as the first urban freeway in the Western United States. Construction of the sinuous 6-mile freeway from L.A. to Pasadena had plenty of freeway fighters. Although the parkway respected “environmental” concerns of the era by hugging the natural waterways and maximizing the Arroyo’s scenic wilderness, many residents still did not want it. Frank Balfour, the supervising right-of-way agent responsible for acquiring $500,000 worth of real estate along the route, recalled decades later in an L.A. Times interview: “Don’t let anyone fool you. There was bitter opposition from the owners of private property in South Pasadena. They thought the freeway would wreck their homes and ruin the value of their property.”
The roads in and around the city of Los Angeles.
by John Waco Jr January. 08, 2020 260 views
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