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THE GLENDALE FREEWAY, a short section of California State Route 2, is relatively underused by Los Angeles standards and terminates abruptly at the threshold between the neighborhoods of Echo Park and Silver Lake. Originally built in the 1950s as part of the anticipated “Beverly Hills Freeway”—which was conceived to provide a direct and more efficient connection for drivers between the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains at the northern extremity of the city to its western edge at Santa Monica Beach—the structure was left unfinished in 1975, when the highway plans were finally nixed after vocal protests by the local citizenry, who preferred not to have a freeway named in their honor, or carved through their rarefied inland municipality. Today, the terminus of the freeway is literally a “bridge to nowhere” above Glendale Boulevard, a figure of limbo all but invisible from the street or

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