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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Sixth Street Bridge report fails history test

A preliminary review of proposals to rebuild the Sixth Street Bridge between Boyle Heights and downtown Los Angeles fails to take into consideration the bridge's historic and landmark status. That's the thrust of a letter that the city's Cultural Heritage Commission will consider sending in response to a draft environmental impact review of proposals to replace the crumbling span over the Los Angeles River.

For one thing, the executive summary in the environmental report never mentions that the bridge is a city historic cultural landmark. The draft environmental report also failed to evaluate alternatives that would protect the bridge's landmark status and features.

"As one of the most iconic and recognized bridges in Los Angeles, the 6th Street Bridge demands utmost care and dedication in developing a seismic improvement project that will ensure its continued legacy as a beloved landmark. The Cultural Heritage Commission trusts that these comments will be pertinent in addressing the concerns and issues regarding the potential loss of the 6th Street Bridge," said a portion of the commission letter.

Preservationists have been upset since engineers have presented plans to demolish the historic span and replace it with a new design. The commission's response ot the Sixth Street Bridget draft EIR will be taken up a meeting on Thursday.

1 comment:

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