Fifty years ago, the state seized a large swath of valuable land in Pasadena, demolishing thousands of people's property in order to extend the 710 freeway and connect it to the 210.
Unsuccessful in realizing their goal, the State has left Pasadena with the 710 stub, a barren 35 acre area bounded by Union Street to the north, California Street to the south, St. John Avenue to the west and Pasadena Avenue to the east.
This empty freeway ditch needlessly divides our city, cutting off the Old Pasadena Business District on the east from the Ambassador Auditorium, Maranatha Campus and the rest of West Pasadena.
The CPP, a citizen driven initiative, aims to develop a draft Master Plan for this 35 acre strip of land flanking the 710 stub from Union south to California. CPP’s goal is to engage our community to determine how best to revitalize and beautify this dead space.