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The 2 Freeway Was Supposed To Go To Beverly Hills

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?