The Landbridge – A Missed Opportunity
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Livability, community, culture, and history are only some of the things sacrificed when the Figueroa-Riverside Bridge was demolished in the summer of 2014. This beautiful steel truss bridge, Los Angeles Historic Monument #908, could have offered Angelenos a beautiful gathering place similar to the High Line in New York.
Tomas O’Grady’s involvement in this project aimed to gear Los Angeles toward community. Why waste money demolishing a perfectly stable bridge when it can easily be converted into a park?
The Landbridge would have provided a distinct safe haven for pedestrians, bicyclists and families who want to connect to our parks and neighborhoods inside the city of Los Angeles. It would have been a symbolic shift away from being car dependent, promoting walking, biking, and public transportation.
The demolition of this bridge, unfortunately, demonstrated not only a lack of historical reverence (Juan Bautista de Anza Expedition’s crossing of the L.A. River and commemorates the birth of the Pueblo that became Los Angeles) but also a lack of innovative thinking. Repurpose an old bridge rather than spending money to tear it down. Save taxpayers money and give them a better product at the same time.