One of the highlights of a new Caltrans-sponsored exhibit honoring the Arroyo Seco Parkway, aka Pasadena Freeway, is a short video clip that contrasts scenes of the parkway when it opened in 1940 against contemporary views of the same locations. Caltrans posted a version of the video – “The Arroyo Seco Parkway: Then & Now, 1939 and 2010″ – on their site but it’s tiny. The Eastsider asked for a version of the clip and posted the larger version seen above.
The cars and trains (don’t miss the smoke-belching locomotive crossing over Highland Park) may have changed but there are landmarks that have not, including the Southwest Museum, the South Pasadena sign and the hills of Northeast Los Angeles.
Video courtesy Caltrans