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6th Street Bridge Update

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  • Shelly Backlar
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Mayor Villaraigosa Heeds FoLAR s Call for Bridge Competition April, 2012
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 11, 2012
      Mayor Villaraigosa Heeds FoLAR's Call for Bridge Competition
      April, 2012
       
      Alkalai-Silica Reaction is turning 6th Street Bridge's concrete into jelly
      Help FoLAR realize the dream of a revitalized swimmable, fishable, boatable Los Angeles River!

      All over the Earth, bridges are important symbols of their metropolises. Everyone knows the Rialto Bridge in Venice, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Golden Gate. 
      Rialto Bridge, Venice Italy
      Brooklyn Bridge
      Golden Gate Bridge
      La Gran Limpieza
      The Great Los Angeles River CleanUp
      April 28, 2012 from 9 to Noon
      15 Different Locations
       
      It's not too late to sponsor this event!
      Call or e-mail for more information
      323 223-0585
      Dear Friends,
       
      The fourteen bridges over the Los Angeles River in downtown are the graceful legacy of the City's era of optimistic expansion in the 1920s and 30s. The 6th Street Bridge is one of the most distinctive in its design, and also the one bridge whose deteriorating condition jeopardizes its survival.
       
      The City has called for its replacement, and for two and half years FoLAR has been lobbying for an international design competition to come up with a fitting new structure. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Los Angeles to rise to the occasion and build a bridge that is as much of a landmark as its predecessor, a 21st century structure so striking that it comes to symbolize the City. A bridge that our River can love.
       
      This Thursday, April 12, FoLAR's efforts will be rewarded when Mayor Villaraigosa hosts a community event to announce the launch of a design competition for the new 6th Street Bridge.
       
      This is a major step in advancing FoLAR's vision of a dramatic new symbol for the City and for the revitalization of the Los Angeles River. Our vision is:
      • A bridge that helps create more Riverfront open space, restored natural habitat and improved water quality,
      • A bridge with dedicated bicycle and pedestrian ways that fosters greater connection between neighborhoods and to the River,
      • A bridge that encourages vibrant Riverfront communities on both banks,
      • A bridge that anticipates the future of an easily-accessed Riverfront free of train tracks on both sides.
      Bridges rightfully come to symbolize a city's aspirations, its hopes and dreams.  We look forward to realizing this exciting new symbol rising over the once-again vibrant Los Angeles River as it courses through the heart of downtown.
       
      You, too, can be a part of this vision.  Please become a member or make an additional contribution today to keep FoLAR strong and working for a better River for us all.
       
      See you down by the River,
      Lewis MacAdams
      Founder and President
      6th Street Bridge: A Bridge to the Future - Los Angeles, with Alex Ward, AIA
      To read the April 25, 2010Op-Ed piece,
      Beauty and the bridge,
      written by Lewis MacAdams and FoLAR's Board Chair Alex Ward

       
      Address postal inquiries to:
      Friends of the Los Angeles River
      570 W. Ave 26, Ste. 250
      Los Angeles, CA 90065-1047
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