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Arroyo Seco Parkway, Elysian Park | by CalUrbanist
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Arroyo Seco Parkway, Elysian Park

Elysian Park is one of the largest, most historic and generally pristine open spaces in Los Angeles -- so of course L.A. built a freeway through it. In fairness, the Arroyo Seco Parkway is itself historic, the first freeway in the West (note the original, 1930s-vintage off-ramp at bottom-left, designed to give modern traffic engineers a heart attack). From its series of Art Deco tunnels in Elysian Park (originally built for an extension of Figueroa Street) to the slalom course of sharp curves along its namesake creek near Pasadena, the Arroyo Seco is a vestige from when freeways were scenic "parkways."

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Taken in March 2018