Sunday, February 26, 2006

710 Freeway Battle Subject of Musical

The Pasadena Star-News has the story by Patricia Jiayi Ho HERE.

>>A Palo Alto-based playwright has chosen to tell the timeless tale of that favorite local topic, "The 710: really hideous, or to die for?"

Former Alhambra resident Mike Najar, 32, situates his play, "Love Songs in Traffic," in the San Gabriel Valley, tackling the Long Beach (710) Freeway completion/incompletion controversy.

The 90-minute play will open March 17 at Palo Alto High School, where Najar teaches music. From there, Najar said he plans to pitch it to high schools in Alhambra and South Pasadena, the cities in which the freeway debate is most heated.
In the play, a love story develops between a Caltrans project manager and the preservationist granddaughter of the first Rose Queen.<<

I'm a South Pasadena native who supports just about any solution OTHER than the standard "through the middle of town" surface freeway. Traffic is already horrendous on the southbound freeway going bast the 60 and the I-5... I can't imagine what it would be like if it had 210/134/110 traffic already on there.

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