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Frustrated on the 110? Slow down and enjoy the parkway!




The Arroyo Seco Parkway at the Avenue 60 Bridge in Highland Park.
The Arroyo Seco Parkway at the Avenue 60 Bridge in Highland Park.
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To help celebrate the 75th birthday of the Arroyo Parkway, we reach into the Off-Ramp archives for this gem: in 2008, we drove with then-LA Times automobile columnist Ralph Vartabedian up and down the venerable highway to prove a point.

The reason traffic can be so frustrating on the 100 is that it was not meant to be a expressway; it was designed as a parkway ... a pleasant way to get from downtown LA to Pasadena that was somewhat faster than surface streets.

So Ralph and I drove North, angrily. Then back South, slowly in the slow lane, happily.

Give it a try! You'll lose about two minutes, and gain peace of mind.