The paper glorified the situation only slightly — the proposed plan would build a local street too, so the Times reporters’ assertion that the conversion “would mark the first time a stretch of Southern California freeway was removed and converted to a non-transportation use” isn’t entirely accurate. But no one would argue that it’s a great deal to trade in a mile of underutilized highway — and 20 or 30 surrounding acres of weeds and dirt — for an 88-acre park and a local street that integrates into the local street grid.
Long Beach Port is, indeed, planning for growth in advance of the Panama Canal
expansion. There are proposals for $10 billion worth of investment into the
ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles over the next decade, which could bring
three new rail yards into the Westside neighborhood, as well as two widened