The 10 Freeway - Plowing Through West Adams, Part 3
[As part of the remit to make the Untold LA iPad Book available to as many people as possible I'll be posting excerpts from the book in sequential order on a regular basis until all of them are online.]
In 1965 the Santa Monica Freeway, referred to locally as The 10, finished construction. Its lanes, often up to 14, plowed through the heart of West Adams from West to East. In building The 10 countless homes and whole communities were destroyed, including the neighborhood that at the time was the locus of African-American political and cultural power in Los Angeles, Sugar Hill.
I wanted to show the destructive path of The 10 in the book, so on Page 91 we have this video; I strapped a camera to the front of a vehicle and drove on The 10 the whole length of West Adams from east to west. The graphic you see at the beginning of the video is in the same visual style as the interactive maps at the beginning of each chapter, with areas marked in bright blue showing just where in West Adams you are.