One dead in East L.A. shooting; how about closing the 2 Freeway in Echo Park & Silver Lake?

Silver Lake Sunset | Dan Gershon

Silver Lake Sunset | Dan Gershon

MOrning Report

  • A 25-year-old Latino man whose vehicle crashed in East Los Angeles on New Year’s Day died from a gun shot wound, according to the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department. Residents pulled the victim out of his vehicle after it had crashed into parked cars in the 600 block of Gerhart Avenue at 12:40 a.m. The victim has been shot in the upper torso and was pronounced dead at the scene. The motive for the killing remains unknown. Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.
  • L.A. Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne proposes closing down the south end of the 2 Freeway between Echo Park and Silver Lake and converting into an elevated park as well as a platform for  housing and other uses, including an urban farm or a solar array. “Instead of dividing Silver Lake from Echo Park, the elevated parkway …. could reconnect the two neighborhoods.” Where would all those drivers heading to Downtown and the 101 Freeway go? They “would have to find new routes,” Hawthorne said in his front page essay.”Other drivers would be inconvenienced as well.”  The state has spent about $12 million for a new sound wall, landscaping and traffic improvements on the same stretch of freeway. L.A. Times
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  1. I don’t remember seeing Christopher Hawthorne and his mental waxing at any of the 2 Freeway Terminus scoping meetings.

    Too bad. It might have been valuable for him to hear the opinions of actual residents, planners and commuters.

    • Or he can sound off using his expertise and professional opinion. He’s not an elected official and is under no obligation (not even a moral one), to listen to anyones opinion before stating his own. The chances of his word being the last one on any large public project are quite small indeed.

      • Of course.
        But in my mind, the column did little more than point out the disconnect and irrelevance of Mr. Hawthorne’s brand of criticism. What would this proposal really result in? Force the widening the 5/110 interchange, turn Los Feliz Blvd into a parking lot nearly 24 hours a day and slather the hills overlooking this High Line West with overpriced balconied small lot subdivisions where hipsters can watch each other picnic all day in conspicuous leisure.
        Is that really a net gain?

  2. Closing the stub-end of the 2 motorway would be such a troubled heap!! A terrible delight to baseball game goers as well!!

  3. I love the idea of turning the 2 into an elevated park! Love it!!!!!! I don’t care if I have to sit in traffic, just knowing there’s a park where a freeway once was sounds great to me!!!!

    • How do you feel about Hollywood Central Park? That will cap the 101 with a park. The freeway will still be there, just covered up.

      • The Hollywood Central Park and a similar one in downtown LA to knit together china town and the government center would be great. Way better than anything related to the 2.

  4. I’m all for repurposing more of our overbuilt road network for more productive uses… but I certainly wouldn’t start with the 2. Better to do it in areas of the city that are walkable to rail, with a proper street grid, as they could better accommodate dense infill development (and filter more of the traffic impacts.)

    110 through downtown Pasadena comes to mind… or how about that 101 spur through Boyle Heights? I’d even go do far as to nominate the 110 through downtown… the development boom and increase in tax base for the city would be profound (but that’ll never happen in this car-obsessed region — LA’s not a very progressive city when you really get down to it.)

  5. Mr. Hawthorne’s article uses dreamy, beautiful images and language. The fact of the matter is that this part of the 2 is not a unused railroad (like before the High Line in NYC). It is heavily used during rush hour to get to and from DTLA. Closing it would cause a huge change in traffic patterns in an already dense area. Dreamy but terrible idea.

    • Don’t mind these delusional hipsters. They know not what it means to commute to work. Probably aren’t too familiar with work at all, lmao.

      Hipster’s dream = city full of nothing but coffee shops, bike lanes, parks, and bad drivers in their Priuses.

      • And yet, there’s plenty of big cities throughout the world with lots of hipsters, coffee shops, bike lanes, public parks, bad drivers in priuses, etc. that somehow manage to provide a higher standard of living and a healthier local economy than we have here in Los Angeles.

        Walkable, human-scale, urban neighborhoods with a diverse mix of people and activities tend to breed innovation, productivity and local investment – who’d a thunk it, right?

        • I’m guessing this guy has barely ever left southern california and thinks Van Nuys and Irvine are the epitome of civilization. It’s such a shame that LA is not a real city like New York or San Francisco, but hopefully it’s on the right track.

      • Why do you say “… delusional hipsters” That was my thought 40 years ago when I bought and everyone I knew was moving out to Semi and Santa Clarita and were laughing at me. Screw the commuters. They made their decision

      • Funny that you equate parks, bikes and leisure with some nonexistent utopia… Those things exist harmoniously in most other major cities with bustling economic engines. In fact, those things compliment the dichotomy of life and work. What does LA have to be proud of, gridlock and strip malls?

  6. LA desperately needs to grow up and become a real city in the 21st century. We can’t live in 1950s autopia forever. Projects like this are the tough love LA needs. Traffic gets worse? Too bad, take public transit. Enough people start getting out of their cars, traffic won’t matter anymore. The only way to turn LA into a real city is shock treatment to force LA to get its act together. No time for backwards car-obsessed thinking anymore.

    And to Hollywood Royalty, you are seriously mocking bike lines, parks and hybrid vehicles? What kind of world do you want to live in? A smog-choked desolate suburban freeway hellscape where the only way to get around is a gas guzzling automobile? Great attitude you have. On behalf of Exxon Mobil and road-raging suburban assholes everywhere, thanks for helping to maintain the status quo. Time to grow up, this ain’t the 1950s or high school anymore where having a huge truck is a status symbol.

  7. wow, that’s a terrible idea to kill the 2 into Echo Park.

    the opposite should happen, they should extend the 2 to the 101 through Echo Park. bury it underground, or build a bridge… hard to imagine Glendale Blvd or Alvarado looking any crappier then it does now

    • Great idea, build more freeways. While we’re at it let’s rip out shade trees and replace them with palm trees. Doubling down on the worst ideas of the 20th century is the way to go.

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