The San Diego freeway (405 north) meets the Hollywood freeway (101), circa early 1960s

The San Diego freeway (405 north) meets the Hollywood freeway (101) in 1958 1This shot probably won’t mean much to non-Angelenos but this one caused my jaw to drop. This is from the early 1960s and shows where the San Diego freeway (the 405 north) meets the Hollywood freeway (the 101). I can’t believe how pastoral it was there back in the late 50s. Nowadays, the light-colored freeway is 5 or 6 lanes, and dark lane veering off to the left toward Hollywood is two lanes, and they are always bumper-to-bumper. And all that empty land around them? It’s now completely filled in. When I worked down near LAX in the ‘90s, I passed through this intersection twice a day, five days a week—it never occurred to me that it ever looked like this. Below is a 2015 Google map shot so you can see how it looks now:

The San Diego freeway (405 north) meets the Hollywood freeway (101) in 1958 2

 

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One Response to The San Diego freeway (405 north) meets the Hollywood freeway (101), circa early 1960s

  1. Hi – I remember it well. This is progress? Love always, L