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$650,000 spent to rename Pasadena Freeway, add new signs. Is it worth the cost?

Arroyo Seco Parkway

TalkBackLADo you like the new (old) name for L.A.'s oldest freeway?

The Pasadena Freeway is receiving new lighting, an improved center divider and decorative low walls along its shoulders. And to commemorate the changes, the California Department of Transportation has decided to rechristen the Pasadena Freeway back to its old name: The Arroyo Seco Parkway.

The new "Parkway" signs are being erected along the 5 Freeway between the 2 Freeway and 1st Street; along the 101 Freeway from Alvarado Street to Soto Street; and on the 110 Freeway between Wilshire Boulevard and Pasadena.

The signs will cost about $650,000 and take three months to install.

What do you think about the name change?  "In this economy why spend money on something like that? Leave it like it is," resident Miguel Mendoza told The Times' Bob Pool. Read more on the Pasadena Freeway name change here. Then tell us what you think below.

Photo: The roadway was called the Arroyo Seco Parkway when its first six-mile section between Pasadena and Avenue 22 opened in 1940. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

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Can the Times put in some info on how it costs three quarters of a million to make road signs? $650,000! How in the world does it cost that much to make road signs!?

Spend money on stuff like this. Lay off more teachers. In future years, today's students won't even be able to read articles such as this, much less judge whether money is being properly spent. Then again, there probably won't even be a newspaper to display articles such as this, anyway. Sounds like a plan!

Pathetic during any time. Someone's ego on the line; let them use their own money.

CA in reality is a VERY wealthy state.
Its just spend spend spend.
Why would the politicians CARE, the money is THERE!

Just want to throw in that the LA Mayor is the highest paid mayor in the US. The LA citycouncil take home a huge salary.

Why are we Californians putting up with this??!

Thats why we are broke!

I'm sure that all the people moaning about spending $650,000 for actually improving infrastructure and recognizing something important and historic in Los Angeles were equally vocal about the millions of their taxpayer money spent on multiple parades for the Lakers and celebrity memorials. Hey folks, how about getting off your duffs and actually learning about the city, its history and its historic monuments? And then perhaps taking the next step and actually appreciating them?

With hundreds of city layoffs happening and thousands losing their unemployment benefits, the idea of spending $650,000 on signs to change a freeway name is an outrageous and irresponsible use of the taxpayer's money. Whoever came up with this pork barrel idea should be thrown out of office immediately.

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