How Your Favorite (or Hated) SoCal Freeway Was Built | KCET
How Your Favorite (or Hated) SoCal Freeway Was Built
They may be the most pervasive landscapes in southern California. The freeways, highways, and interstates that slice through our lives have become so mundane that it's easy to forget that these massive transportation corridors were crafted over years, some even decades, for our daily use as commuters.
Click on the images below to read ten brief histories of SoCal roadways and the culture they spawned:
"This iconic concrete ribbon that binds the 101 and 110 freeways is an almost inescapable feature of many Southern Californians' commute."
"The Long Beach Freeway has become the country's most important -- although clogged -- economic artery, in the vascular system of American capitalism."
"Admired for its scenery and dreaded for its traffic – as well as the landslides that occasionally render it impassable – Pacific Coast Highway is perhaps Southern California's most iconic ribbon of asphalt."
"Highland Park is home to many of Los Angeles' firsts, including the first freeway in the United States."
"L.A.'s most hated stretch of freeway began as a bucolic country road through the Santa Monica Mountains."
"Mission bells along Highway 101 imply that motorists' tires trace the same path as missionaries' sandals. But much of El Camino Real's story is imagined."
"Our first interstate highway system once linked Southern California to the nation with concrete pavement and black-and-white shields."
"Built between 1929 and 1956, the Angeles Crest Highway forever changed the once-remote mountain backcountry it traverses."
"How did Southern Californians come to treat their highway route numbers as if they were proper names?"
"Does the shape of California's state highway shield mimic the spade of a Gold Rush miner?"
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