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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Looks like a done deal: A last-minute plan to change the southern tip of the 2 Freeway at Glendale Boulevard is likely to get the blessing of the Metropolitan Transit Authority this morning despite the opposition of some Echo Park residents. After holding public meetings with residents for nearly a decade over the $12 million project, the MTA staff abruptly recommended what it calls a hybrid proposal a few weeks ago that a group of Echo Park residents say provides far less public open space and public amenities than other longstanding alternatives. The MTA board will take up the hybrid this morning as part of its consent calendar, which usually includes items that are quick to win board approval. Julie Wong, spokeswoman with Councilman Eric Garcetti, said the councilman would not support an alternative that fails to improve safety, create more parkland and win community support.



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