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  1. Find It
    The map shows how the freeway system around Los Angeles grew between 1955 and 2005. Was Santa Monica linked to Los Angeles by freeway in 1955?
  2. Follow It
    What happened between 1955 and 2005 to the freeway between San Pedro and Los Angeles?
  3. List It
    What are three cities or neighborhoods linked to Los Angeles by freeway?
Learn More About It

Los Angeles was one of the fastest growing cities in the United States in the 50 years after 1955. Greater Los Angeles grew from about 5 million people in 1955 to about 17 million people in 2005. As the area’s population was growing, so was its freeway system. Since the first six-mile freeway was completed in 1940, over 600 miles of freeway have been built in and around Los Angeles.
Check Your Answers
  1. No
  2. It was completed.
  3. Answers will vary but might include Burbank, Santa Monica, East Los Angeles, Pasadena, or others.