I don’t know about you, but I’ve been thinking about the Sixth Street Viaduct quite a bit as it undergoes demolition.
I’ve never believed that preservation should stand in the way of (actual) progress, but I’ve also never believed that progress is possible without history and acknowledgement thereof. So while this old bridge that (frankly) is more odd than lovely and more eclectic than formal, absolutely requires replacement, I find myself lamenting the loss of her character which is so distinctly “Los Angeles.” (A sign of the times, I suppose.) That said, what a great city and how exciting that she is finally getting some time in the lime light! The new viaduct will be world class and THAT is noteworthy! I expect to write some blog posts about my memories of the bridge soon and I will be sure to share them with you.
Also, for those of you familiar with the Pasadena area, the San Rafael Bridge over the Arroyo was recently demolished. That bridge was the subject of my first commissioned painting ever! I’ll never forget her lofted arches covered with moss on the North-facing sides. Nor will I forget the high-school hang-out spot beneath her Eastern span. Turns out every kid in Pasadena spent a little or a lot of time there at one point or another.
Gaah! It’s all so nostalgic it is a little difficult to talk about, BUT, I raise a glass to the future civic architectures which will replace these landmarks. Here’s to graceful, considerate, accessible public spaces which will endure for many, many, many years to come!