Plans to build sound walls along the 2 Freeway on the border of Silver Lake and Echo Park have drawn some mixed reaction. The walls would be built as part of remaking the southern tip of the freeway where it meets Glendale Boulevard. However, traffic engineers have told Silver Lake residents living along Allesandro Way that there is not enough room to build a new wall without cutting down the existing trees, said blogger Diane Edwardson. That has left some residents passing around petitions and creating renderings (including the one above) against the construction of the walls and the chopping down of trees.
One of the readers of Edwardson’s Corralitas Red Car blog wrote:
While searching for properties in different parts of the city, it was these very walls that kept us from purchasing near them. They give neighborhoods an East Berlin/Escape from New York aesthetic that is cold and claustrophobic. Walling off one neighborhood from another just seems like a horrible solution to any problem.
Edwardson said the walls would do little to reduce freeway noise for residents living further up the hills on both sides of the highway.