Sixth St Bridge – photo courtesy of LAPL.org
According to the Los Angeles Times, the unveiling of the new design for the Sixth St bridge was met with disappointment by Boyle Heights residents and the 6th Street Viaduct community advisory committee. Many feel the bridge is too modern and spare looking and lacks historical continuity.
“I said as far as I am concerned, if you are going to put this bridge with cables there, you might as well not put a bridge there at all. I would rather not see one there,” said Victoria Torres, a board member of the Boyle Heights Historical Society. “It’s very disappointing when the city is trying to push something on you that you didn’t agree with.”
The bridge is in a state of irreversible decay and is plagued by some kind of “concrete cancer” that can lead to a collapse in a heavy earthquake.
The Los Angeles River bridges figure prominently in the symbolism of Los Angeles especially for long time residents like Councilman Ed Reyes:
“We have very few iconic structures to begin with, but if you look at these bridges, they represent Los Angeles,” he said.
The bridges have also been the historical demarcation between Downtown and the Eastside:
The bridges are throwbacks to a time in Los Angeles before sprawl, when linking the city center on the west side of the Los Angeles River and the bustling neighborhoods on the east side was of key importance.
What do you all think about the new bridge design?