Lost NELA Landmarks of The Month
Change is enviable. Yes. Change is necessary for growth. Yes. Growth is necessary for life. OK, fine. It is just that… when the unique things around us are lost, our uniqueness, the things that set us apart from other places is lost as well. Such is the case with this Zesto sign that was on top of the former ice cream stand at 4931 York Blvd. Some time this month, the sign on the vacant building was removed, and likely sold for metal scrap, much like this one from Figueroa Street.
As far as I can tell, this was the only Zesto located on the West Coast. The sign helped me figure out the history of this section of York Boulevard as a one-time entertainment district, with the theater, roller rink, soda fountain, and this long-gone ice cream stand.
Another lost NELA Landmark this month is the recently cut down giant eucalyptus tree at the end of the north-bound 5 transition to the north-bound 110. This tree likely was as old as, or pre-dated the freeway.
The Arroyo Seco Parkway (Pasadena Freeway) is one of those unique features in Northeast Los Angeles that sets us apart. Designed for uninterrupted car travel though the scenic Arroyo Seco park system at speeds not to exceed 45 MPH, Caltrans is currently trying to legitimize their 55MPH Speed Limit by building concrete shoulders and dividers the length of the parkway from the 5 Interchange to its terminus in Pasadena. (Thus ending the Darwinian tradition of speeding drivers ending up in the arroyo.) The promise is to keep as many trees as possible, with only 4 trees originally slated for removal in the project plans. My fear is that this being just the beginning of the project, many more mature trees will be lost.