The story of Lynwood stirred emotions throughout South Pasadena. Dennis McDougal's nostalgic account of Lynwood was a testament to the devastation that freeways can pose.
McDougal pointed out that Lynwood was not affluent like . . . Beverly Hills and South Pasadena. Sir, our town is far from affluent. Our city operates on a small budget. Our property values may have gone up, but our budget has not.
It was our old-timers who started pressuring Caltrans to come up with alternative solutions, and it is our young people who continue. It's in their hearts, not their pocketbooks. Like Lynwood, we are an "All Nations" city that not only appreciates our rich 101-year history, but welcomes the diversity that our changing demographics bring.
Perhaps the moral of McDougal's story should be that not all freeways are created equal, some must never be built. People and towns are more important.
Mayor Pro Tem