November 1980: Aerial photo of the intersection of the Harbor (110) and Santa Monica (10) freeways just southwest of downtown Los Angeles.
When this photo was published in the 2000 Los Angeles Times book “Imagining Los Angeles: Photographs of a 20th Century City,” the accompanying text reported:
Essential to the city’s sprawling character and its attachment to the automobile was the development of a system of toll-free roadways the would deliver commuters briskly to their destinations — at least in theory.
The first freeway, between downtown and Pasadena, opened in 1939. Today the freeways dominate the landscape and the local psyche. The city’s largest physical structures, they comprise the one experience most Angelenos have in common. The weekday “rush hours” are anything but, though at times this transportation system can be inpressively swift.
The lifelines of the city, L.A.’s 18 freeways — most built before 1970 — have spawned a culture of their own, from “SigAlert” traffic jams to drive-by shootings to televised police chases.
This photo by former staff photographer George Rose was first published in the Nov. 28, 1980, edition of The Times.
No comments yet
Add a comment or a question.
If you are under 13 years of age you may read this message board, but you may not participate. Here are the full legal terms you agree to by using this comment form.
Comments are moderated, and will not appear until they've been approved.
MOST POPULAR POSTS
- 1955 L.A. smog siege
- GoPro, Sony and Kurgo are making action-camera dog harnesses
- Don't be cruel - Elvis gets divorced [updated]
- Filmmaker Jason Baffa is set to release his latest surf documentary, 'Bella Vita,' which explores family roots and the Italian surf subculture
- The Week in Pictures | September 8 – 14, 2014
SITES WE LIKE
- A Photo A Day
- A Photo Editor
- Bombay Flying Club
- California is a place
- Denver Post
- Interactive Narratives
- Multimedia Muse
- National Geographic