A part of the neighborhood


The best sunsets in LA are from the freeway overpass because there are no tall buildings to block the view. Growing up along the north side of the 210 freeway off Citrus Ave, my mom would walk my sisters and I across the street and halfway to the south side of the freeway. We would be standing on the sidewalk above the center divider keeping east and west traffic from colliding head-on. Standing above rush hour traffic, we watched brilliant reds, oranges, and yellows roll across the evening sky. Later on, during evening practices for my high school cross country team, I had the same unobstructed view of the sunset while running alongside the freeway. I had learned to measure distance by freeway exits. The 210 freeway borders north San Gabriel Valley. I grew up along the northern edge of the 210 freeway in multiple cities; Azusa, Duarte, Monrovia, Pasadena, Tujunga, and Glendora. I am interested in how the freeway becomes alive and permanent in daily life. How individuals living next to the freeway must take its existence into account through their day. I also am intrigued by the freeway landscaping on 210 as some of the most densely wooded areas near my home were on the banks of the freeway.


First by general photography, and later with maps, I will explore the relationship between freeway communities the freeway itself. I believe the conventional debates about freeways and the residents at its banks, grossly undermine the embodied, sedimented, and affective relationships people have with the freeway in their everyday lives. My visualizations will work to produce the 210 freeway from Pasadena in the east to San Dimas in the west as a kind of neighbor.


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Steel Reserve

The image captures several modes of toxicity. The can is trash left on the street, the traffic below is constant, and the freeway itself sits below the surface streets indicating the removal of vast amounts of soil. The clean lines and painted surface serve to overshadow the overwhelming pollution produced just feet below.

I took this photo while walking my dog.

Freeway woodland

This photo is facing west on Maple Street along the northern border of the 210 freeway just before the Los Robles Avenue overpass. There are a steady stream of mostly cars and occasional UPS and Fed-Ex delivery trucks. In taking the photo, I tried to show the complete coverage of the freeway by the trees. In this photograph, the freeway is not directly seen, but it is the reason reason for the trees to be there. The vehicle traffic and air pollution produced on the other side of the trees is visually blocked out by the sense of a small woodland area. The photo points to the significant landscaping expertise that is required for freeway maintenance.

I took this photo while walking my dog.

No parking next to the garden, through traffic only

The photo was taken facing south at the corner of Maple St. and Oakland Ave. It shows how the freeway can disappear from view even though it is across the street. The community garden must deal with both the terrible air quality next to the freeway and numerous rodents that live along the freeway and forage at night in the community garden. 

I took this photo while walking my dog.


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Created date

November 27, 2018