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Linking L.A.: Living by freeway smog causes health problems for mother, son

March 4, 2010 |  1:49 pm

Living adjacent to the smoggy I-5 Freeway has been harmful to one Los Angeles woman and her son.

L.A. Weekly has a fascinating story about how a mother, Fay Green, and her young son moved into a new housing project in Lincoln Heights. The building looks great on the outside, but living next to the din of the freeway is causing health concerns. L.A. Weekly reports:

The bedroom of her young son, who has a sinus problem, requires extra attention so he can breathe; Green herself suffers from asthma. She says these sicknesses started before she moved to Avenue 26, erected less than 100 feet from one of the world's busiest, and filthiest, freeways, used by 285,000 vehicles per day. But when the weather is hot, or other conditions create smog, Green notices that many of her kids start to cough. She won't feel well, either.

Read the full story here.

Here are some other interesting L.A. items on the Web:

A new WeHo park: West Hollywood may set up a temporary park in the 1300 block of N. Laurel Avenue, on the site of a future senior housing complex. Curbed LA reports:

Financing issues, rising costs, and the loss of a $4.2 million HUD grant have made a groundbreaking date for the facility far from clear. On Monday, the City Council voted to consider turning over the site -- at least temporarily --- to the public.

Pasadena could ban smoking: Next month, Pasadena will consider a citywide, complete ban on smoking. The Pasadena Star-News reports:

Options the city will consider at the next meeting, along with the outright city ban and single-family home ban, will include a ban on smoking in apartments, requiring a certain percentage of smoke-free units, or requiring owners to have smoking and non-smoking units in different parts of the building.

Preserving an Inglewood landmark: Residents are starting an effort to preserve and restore the Inglewood Fox Theater. The Daily Breeze reports:

Supporters hope to preserve and restore the Fox as a multipurpose entertainment and special events venue. … The theater, at 115 N. Market St., has been vacant for decades but its original Baroque-Deco-Moderne interior is intact and the building is in good condition, preservationists say.

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