Return to the Center of the Seventh Street Bridge

November 24, 2011 § 5 Comments

Detail of the dedication plaque on the Seventh Street Viaduct

There’s a promising new report about possibilities for the future of the Seventh Street Bridge over the L.A. River, so I got another call to head into the bridge and show off the space. I plan to write about the new report, but I ended up with more than enough photo and video material for one post, so I am going write about the bridge here, then separately post about the report later.¬† « Read the rest of this entry »

Downtown River Bridges in the News this Week

September 20, 2011 § Leave a comment

Vintage postcard featuring 6th Street Bridge in foreground, and 4th and 1st Street bridges in middle. Thanks Netty Carr for loaning me the postcard.

A quick post to alert creek freaks to two historic bridges in the blogosphere this week:

> Yesterday, Blogdowntown highlighted the double-decker 7th Street Viaduct. The post celebrates the 84th anniversary of the bridge opening on September 19th, 1927, and includes interesting facts about who paid for what back then. See also Creek Freak’s earlier journey into the interstices of that great bridge.

> Last Saturday, Youtube user Corvobell posted this video of the set of an upcoming Batman movie – filming under the 6th Street Bridge. Though that 1932 bridge has a long movie pedigree (appearing in Grease, SWAT, and even The Simpsons Movie) it is under threat of demolition if city proposals move forward.

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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