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The 2 Freeway Was Supposed To Go To Beverly Hills

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View of Ventura (134) and Glendale (2) freeway interchange, looking north. Eagle Rock Plaza shopping center is visible in the foreground. (Shades of L.A. Collection/LAPL Archive)
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The 2 Freeway runs 87 miles from Echo Park to the San Gabriel Mountains. It’s a favorite among many due to its scenic views and relative emptiness. It’s even inspired love letters from residents. Brenda Rees writes in The Eastsider:

“…the 2 throws off its unassuming cloak of ordinary and transforms into an engineering marvel that promises - and DELIVERS - an exhilarating driving experience with matching natural scenery.”

But once upon a time, the 2 was supposed to take a turn and head west all the way to the 405. It was even called the Beverly Hills Freeway.

So what happened?

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