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The Sixth Street Bridge as seen from underneath, February 21, 2008
Goodbye, Sixth Street Bridge.
Last fall, Los Angeles city officials voted to tear it down, fearing it would not survive a major earthquake because of the faulty concrete that has dogged it since it opened in the 1930s, made weaker with time. The city is on a global search for a design "that honors the bridge’s history, but also reflects the city’s style of today," KPCC reports. The winning design will be chosen next fall.
It's one of a series of historic bridges that connect the Eastside to downtown, spanning the L.A. River. This one is special in its own way, having served as the site of a memorable Dia de Los Muertos festival that turned the bridge into a cross-cultural gathering place. And as with the rest of the bridges, its footings have served as a canvas for generations of graffiti artists.
The bridge is also special to anyone who grew up on the Eastside, me included, using the bridges on a regular basis as their connection to the rest of the city. No date yet for demolition, but construction is planned to begin in 2015.