Saturday, January 13, 2007

I Did Not Know That

I read the following on the City of South Pasadena web site:
A short unsigned freeway stub [of the planned 710] exists in Pasadena, heading south from the interchange of Interstate 210 and State Route 134 to California Boulevard. The section in-between has not been built. The original plans for that section ran parallel to Atlantic Boulevard in Alhambra and Los Robles Avenue in San Marino and Pasadena. Opposition to this route by Alhambra and San Marino resulted in a routing that skirted Alhambra to the west and bisected South Pasadena. Subsequent opposition to the rerouted project by residents of South Pasadena and the Los Angeles district of El Sereno, and the resulting litigation have prevented Caltrans from completing the northernmost leg of the route.
I didn't know that about the history of the 710. I've only heard complaints from people in Alhambra and other neighboring hamlets about the selfishness of South Pasadena for opposing the 710 passing through the city. Sounds like Alhambra had that idea first.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You make a good point about the hypocricy of Alhambra's position on the 710. They don't care if the freeway wrecks neighborhoods in El Sereno, South Pas and Pasadena as long as it is not in their city. Over the years it has been interesting to watch Alhambra's efforts to get it built. My favorites are when they deliberately slowed traffic on Valley and Fremont boulevards in a clumsy effort to anger motorists into supporting the freeway extension. All that happened is that they created more gridlock and pollution in their own city.

10:07 AM  
Blogger jazz said...

have you talked with dave much? he is a pasadena native and could give tours...he might have a bit to say on the subject.

12:20 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Great tidbit! I had a conversation with an Alhambra lady just a few weeks ago about how selfish all us south pas. people are because of this freeway. If only I had known then...

But I'll stick in my gun for next time!

4:20 PM  
Blogger South Pas Blogs said...

Anon, I appreciated the way the city slipped it into their description of the 710 conflict. A little bit of the old "Oh, did I say that?"

Jazz, I didn't realize that Dave was a native Pasedenan. I'll have to pick his brain.

Sarah, I am glad to be of service.

7:19 PM  

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