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The Pasadena Star News reported on 11/4/04 that the MTA has commissioned a study to determine the feasibility of extending the 710 Long Beach/Pasadena using a tunnel under Pasadena, South Pasadena and El Sereno, the cities in the freeway's path. Proposals include building one tunnel for northbound cars, one for southbound cars, and a third for trucks."It'll be too damned expensive to dig three holes. That's what (the study) is going to show us," predicted South Pasadena City Councilman David Margrave during a meeting.

O Lord, the MTA stirred up that infamous hornet's nest again. The city of South Pasadena has battled the freeway project since 1964.

We remember the great 710 Debate from 20 years ago. Heck, we even helped paint "No 710" signs for a friend's rabidly preservationist mother, though we were too young to drive at the time. Now that our feet can reach the pedals, we're ready to consider new suggestions that may reduce Pasadena's congestion and preserve South Pasadena's architectural heritage.

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