Metabolic Studio Twain Tours Historic Bridge Excursions

December 13, 2010 § 1 Comment

View from the North Broadway Bridge's central belvedere - during the December 3rd Twain Tour - photo by Miguel Luna

Last Friday and the Friday before I had a great time showing off a dozen of  my favorite historic bridges in and around Downtown Los Angeles. The events were the Metabolic Studio Twain Tour L.A. Creek Freak Historic Bridges Excursions. « Read the rest of this entry »


Visit the 4th Street Bridge (and CicLAvia) this Sunday

October 7, 2010 § 5 Comments

4th Street Bridge - Photo by Paul Ong and Silvia Jimenez

This Sunday, October 10th 2010 (10-10-10) the city will host its first CicLAvia – a free bicycling and walking festival event that really has little to do with creeks and water issues in L.A. (other than that creek-bike stuff I bring up from time to time), but because I am working hard to make CicLAvia a success, I figured I would plug it here, with an article about the historic 4th Street Bridge over the Los Angeles River – a bridge featured on the CicLAvia route.

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Journey into the Seventh Street Bridge

April 8, 2010 § 9 Comments

My drawing of the double-deck Seventh Street Bridge from my 2005 book Down by the Los Angeles River

My friend Jason Neville was asking me some questions about possibly accessing the interior space of the Seventh Street Bridge… so I responded that we should just go and explore.

I’d never actually been inside the Seventh Street Bridge over the Los Angeles River in downtown Los Angeles. Many bridges don’t actually have an inside, but 7th does.

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Recent News, Upcoming Events 2008 September 8

September 8, 2008 § Leave a comment

Recent News and Upcoming Events in the World of Los Angeles Water – 2008 September 8th. One in an occasional series of blogs where the links expire more quickly than usual:

Good news for fish: on August 27th, the Pasadena Star-News reported the celebration of the completion of the Arroyo Seco stream revitalization project, including the introduction of 300 Arroyo Chub – a threatened native fish species.

Bad news for fish: on August 29th, the Long Beach Press Telegram reported the deaths of approximately 1000 fish (mainly carp) in the lower Los Angeles River. A September 4th follow-up story suggested a possible link between the dead fish and an August 23rd fire at the Norman, Fox & Co. chemical plant in Vernon.

Other morbid Long Beach news: August 31st, the Contra Costa Times reported that Long Beach firefighters pulled a the body of dead man out of the river near Ocean Boulevard. No connection suggested to any upstream fires.

First Street Bridge photo by Ed Fuentes

First Street Bridge photo by Ed Fuentes

Troubled Bridges Over Waters: on September 2nd, blogdowntown reported on the dismantling of a portion of the 1929 First Street Bridge in order to make way for widening for lots and lots of cars and the tracks for the Metro Gold Line eastside extension. Though they are planning to keep most of the pieces for later re-assembly, this creek freak and self-proclaimed bridge geek feels that the bridge (which originally had streetcars running down the middle of it) was already plenty wide to begin with. Click here for the Historic American Engineering Record’s beautiful drawings recording many of the great local Merrill Butler bridges. Merrill Butler was the Los Angeles City bridge engineer from 1923 through 1961.

Upcoming Events:

On Sunday September 14th from 9am to 1pm, Jenny Price will be leading Friends of the Los Angeles River excellent day-long tour of the Los Angeles River. Jenny is a friend and a great writer on urban environmental issues; I highly recommend her essay “Thirteen Ways of Seeing Nature in L.A.”

The documentary movie FLOW opens this Friday September 12th at the Laemmle Sunset 5. Fabulous panel discussions ensue. Go to the prior blog entry to find more information.

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