Beyond Freeways: Commerce, Community and Contention Along Los Angeles’ 710 Corridor


From the eblast:

In eastern Los Angeles County, the I-710/SR-710 freeway looms over neighborhoods, walling neighbor from neighbor, poisoning children, and miring residents in endless congestion. Its raison d’etre has always been truck traffic from the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. But are there other ways to move freight through LA?

Now a major article by environmental reporter Justin Gerdes and documentarian Leila Dee Dougan, produced and edited by Richard Risemberg, explores the history of the freeway, the devastation it wreaks on the region’s health and happiness, and the renewed vitality of a six-decade battle against making it even bigger, busier, and deadlier.

Neighborhoods rich and poor, city administrators, and massive agencies wrestle with a legacy of failure and deceptive dealings, while glimmers of a brighter future struggle into the light as residents and entrepreneurs alike strive to bring new ideas to a reluctant bureaucracy. In a changing America, can we build a healthy and prosperous future for all the region–a future beyond freeways?

Read the four-part series online at Sustainable City News.

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