Does it really matter if anything is ever done about the 710 Freeway extension?
For those of us who make the trek from Long Beach to Pasadena it’s a given that the trip will take an hour plus on a good day and more than two on a bad one.
And, most of the time that trip has to be made avoiding South Pasadena. The townsfolk animosity to a Freeway cleaving their hamlet in two has instead turned its main streets into traffic-clogged nightmares.
There are many things one can legitimately love about South Pasadena. It’s library, for example, is one of the finest libraries in the region. Bristol Farms is a great market, and the Fair Oaks Pharmacy is completely worth the trip. South Pasadena schools are top-rated and home values are in line with what home values should be in the Los Angeles area.
It’s hard to believe a freeway extension would change any of that. The only analogy in recent memory would be the extension of the 210 Freeway through La Verne and Claremont. That doesn’t seems to have disrupted the character of either city in the two decades since completion.
That said, it’s hard to believe there will ever be a connection between the two orphaned portions of the 710 Freeway.
So, of yo absolutely can’t stand driving on city streets, here are a couple of ways to get from Pasadena to Long Beach using only the freeway.
Take the 210 west to the 134 west to the 2 south to the 5 south to the 710 south.
There also the 210 east to the 605 south to the 22 west or the 210 east to the 605 south to the 105 west to the 710 south.
Or, if you are adventurous and like the challenge of driving on the Arroyo Seco Parkway. Take the 110 south to the 5 south to the 710 south.
The point is we have an amazing freeway system — clogged as it is. There is a way to get from point A to point B and beyond. So, who cares if South Pasadena doesn’t want to help out.
Correction: A previous version of this article misidentified Bristol Farms.