The 110 Freeway as it passes through Elysian Park north of downtown is a favorite target for taggers. But tagging seems to always get out of control during the holidays, and this season was no different. Perhaps it’s because the taggers have some extra time on winter break and the Caltrans crews that clean up after them are on vacation. Little has been spared. You can find tagging on the Art Deco-style emblems at the top of the tunnels, the tile walls in the tunnels, the freeway signs and even the pedestrian tunnels under the freeway.
This stretch of the 110 is about as picturesque as an L.A. freeway can get, with lush greenery, steep hillsides, soaring bridges and impressive stonework. You can see why they once used to call these roads parkways. Now you can just call it a mess.