Last month Gov. Gavin Newsom put an official end to the 710 freeway with the signing of Senate Bill 7. The National Trust for Historic Preservation has included defeat of the 710 as one the 12 most significant preservation wins of the year.
By Reina Esparza
A five-mile freeway and tunnel in the Los Angeles metro which threatened neighborhoods at a cost of billions and caused 60 years of debate, the proposed 710 no longer is a threat. The signing of Senate Bill 7 officially lays the plans to rest. A coalition of cities opposed the plans, including Pasadena, South Pasadena, Glendale, and La Cañada Flintridge; the opposition also included organizations like Pasadena Heritage and the Beyond the 710 coalition. The cities and organizations argued that the 710 would destroy historic homes and displace residents in its proposed path.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation credited the many activists and city and state leaders for their work and commitment to protecting the area’s historic sites and residents.
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