The 6th Street bridge and viaduct in central Los Angeles was built in 1933 to connect the downtown area with Boyle Heights; a hilly residential area that provided modest cost housing for many people working downtown. It became the city’s first major Jewish community before World War 2. As the city evolved, and people moved to the suburbs, the area became a major Mexican American community after that war and still has a high Spanish speaking community but now with an unsavory gang reputation.
Horizontal red arrow points to plastic bagging that is covering part of bridge that is crumbling onto cars and people below. Graphity on bridge.
Today to reach Boyle Heights via 6th Street means driving through the heart of the Skid Row district in downtown. This is not a pleasant drive as we learned this past Sunday.
So who uses this boulevard and why are people making a big deal out of the planned destruction of the bridge because it’s falling apart?
Perhaps there are memories of the homeless who used to camp on the bridge’s sidewalk or it’s the people of Boyle Heights who have some romantic connection parking there to view the downtown skyline.
Police were called out to clear bridge of pedestrians on Tuesday night after about 100 people blocked traffic.
The police were called out to clear the roadway as some people walked out into the middle of the street.
A great view of downtown skyline that might help many recall wonderful times.
The designer of the new viaduct, Michael Maltzan, and city leaders are scheduled to participate in Wednesday morning’s final walk before closing the street for the teardown.
Incidentally the old bridge cost $2,383,271 and its replacement opening in 2019 will cost $449 million.
The font for this posting is typewriter “Courier New” in honor of our past.