Two More Days to Vote for the new York Park ~ Highland Park

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$3m is being spent on a brand new green space in Highland Park and the community has been invited to vote on which design they like the best. The new York Park will definitely include the following elements:
• Free library/gaming tables
• Contemporary vertical fencing
• Shade structure
• Fitness area
• Amphitheater
• Stage
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Skyline from the 4th St. Bridge ~ Los Angeles

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Photo by Alexander the Great (FLICKR / INSTAGRAM ). Click for a larger version. Keep reading for archival photos of the bridge.

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Sixth Street Viaduct Bridge at Night ~ Los Angeles

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Photo by Alexander the Great (FLICKR / INSTAGRAM ). Click for a larger version.

The Sixth Street Viaduct Bridge, one of the most photographed and filmed in Los Angeles and thus the word, is likely to collapse in the next 50 years, and will be replaced. Construction is set to begin in 2015 and will take three years to complete. The new bridge looks to have the potential be even more iconic than the existing structure, and possibly includes “public art” and a viaduct park.

Fore more on the history of Los Angeles bridges, check out this excellent post from Nathan Masters for KCET.

Preview NEVER BUILT: LOS ANGELES ~ Opens July 28th at A+D Museum

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This intriguing exhibit of architecture that never got built in Los Angeles offers a window into a future that wasn’t and a past that dreamed its way to oblivion. These images represent some of the structures that were conceived but never created in Los Angeles. Some of them would’ve been today’s white elephants, while others are missed by people who don’t even know they might have existed. Full information and more images below…

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Daft Punk ~ Los Angeles

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Photograph by Mathieu César for CR Fashion Book. Shot in Los Angeles at the Sheats-Goldstein Residence, designed by John Lautner. More photos and an interview here.

Los Angeles at Night ~ Photographs by Jon Wilson

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Jon Wilson is a Los Angeles based photographer. You can find examples of his work on his Flickr page. Click each image to expand…

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Concrete Arbor ~ San Marino

Huntington Library & Gardens ~ 1151 Oxford Rd. ~ San Marino

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Meet the New 6th Street Viaduct

The 6th St. Bridge/Viaduct, built in 1932 is not structurally sound and has to be replaced. Today the city chose employee-owned HNTB to replace the current bridge (below) with the vision above. The new bridge will likely open in 2019.

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90250 ~ Hawthorne

Hawthorne ~ CA

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Artists’ Tower of Protest ~ West Hollywood

 Artists’ Tower of Protest ~ Sculpture by Mark di Suvero ~ Sunset & Hilldale Ave.

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Garvey Ranch ~ Monterey Park

Garvey Ranch Park ~ Monterey Park

Following the Civil War, an Italian, Alessandro Repetto, purchased 5,000 acres (20 km2) of the rancho and built his ranch house on the hill overlooking his land, about a half-mile north of where Garfield Avenue crosses the Pomona Freeway, not far from where the Edison substation is now located on Garfield Avenue.

It was at this time, Richard Garvey, a mail rider for the U.S. Army whose route took him through Monterey Pass, a trail that is now Garvey Avenue, settled down in the King’s Hills. Garvey began developing the land by bringing in spring water from near the Hondo River and by constructing a 54-foot-high (16 m) dam to form Garvey Lake located where Garvey Ranch Park is now. To pay for his development and past debts, Garvey began selling portions of his property. In 1906, the first subdivision in the area, Ramona Acres (named after the developer’s daughter, who would also later inspire the title of the novel Ramona), was developed north of Garvey and east of Garfield Avenues.

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