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Oct. 29th, 2014

06:52 pm - Petey and Lucy on the Old Riverside-Figueroa Bridge

Dayton Bridge with Dogs

Here's a picture from 2007--My dogs Petey and Lucy on the old Riverside-Figueroa Bridge. Both dogs have passed away, and now the bridge has been demolished too. The replacement bridge is still under construction, but is already in use. I didn't know at the time the bridge was already scheduled for replacement. It doesn't look like there was much wrong with it, except for needing resurfacing, but it was considered inadequate. I knew there was a plan for a park in the area, and I hoped the dogs would one day play in it. Most of the people who read this blog in those days have moved on, to Facebook and other places. The park was built eventually, Confluence Plaza, but it didn't amount to much. Concrete with benches and a few trees. There's a fountain. I've seen pictures of it when it was turned on, but it's never been on when I've been there. Now I take my walks with an entirely different dog, still wondering how it will look when it's all done.

Old and New

Oct. 13th, 2014

07:16 pm - Another Meeting regarding the Future Sixth Street Bridge

Model of a future bridge

On Oct. 6, we were treated to a larger scale model. It looks cool. Of course it's taking longer than expected. Demolition was supposed to begin at the end of this year, but they're still working on re-routing the traffic. They had to scare up the money for some permanent improvements, instead of just temporary ones.

Oct. 12th, 2014

05:37 pm - What's a Belvedere?


If you're building a bridge, it's a viewing platform. Some of our historic bridges have them, and this new one is getting two or three of them two. Even though Joe Linton referred to it as "nothing but zombie engineers fulfilling a now obsolete paean to the automobile," i'm starting to like the Riverside Figueroa Bridge.

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Oct. 10th, 2014

05:39 pm - Riverside-Figueroa Bridge from Another Angle

Riverside-Figueroa Bridge

I took a look at the bridge construction from another vantage point. There's a bicycle and pedestrian path next to the river and it ends up here. Bicyclists and pedestrians always had to get off the path and go to the street to go over the bridge, and there has been no path any farther along the river. This is where the soft=bottomed part of the river ends and the concrete-bottom part begins. No more bike path going south until you get beyond the City of Los Angeles to the South County L.A. River Bike Trail.

Oct. 5th, 2014

03:19 pm - Riverside-Figueroa Bridge

Figueroa-Riverside Bridge

I took advantage of the cool spell between our two heat waves to walk across this bridge. It's either the Riverside-Figueroa Bridge, or the Figueroa-Riverside Bridge. I forget which name is most commonly used. It connects Riverside, which not surprisingly runs beside the river, with N.Figueroa, which used to be Dayton Ave. There was a Dayton Ave. Bridge in olden times. It's been messed with many times, and is now being completely rebuilt. It crosses the L.A. River. I didn't like the old bridge. The sidewalk was too narrow. It was a treacherous place to walk a dog. I'm going to dig up some of my old pictures.

Here's what Joe Linton of L.A. Creek Freak had to say about it--

Oct. 1st, 2014

05:30 pm - Three Hearts in Daylight

Love on Alameda

When the weather cooled off enough to walk around during the daylight hours, I went back to see the three hearts I photographed at night. They had been further embellished with pennants and balloons. I brought the $6 it cost to park in the structure all day. Pretty cheap for downtown.

$6 All Day

I didn't stay all day though. Just long enough to photograph the handiwork. Then I had to figure out how to pay for parking. The people ahead of me were successful, and so was I.

How to Pay to Park

I've gone and done a crazy thing--started another blog at I've made 2 posts already, but I haven't figured out how to link to it. Oh wait it's here The spell checker won't let me write b-l-o-g-s-p-o-t. It keeps putting bloodspot instead.

Sep. 20th, 2014

04:10 pm - Three Hearts

Three Hearts

It was the fifth day of a heatwave. I'd been spending all my time in one or the other of two little rooms in my house that have air conditioners in their windows. Then, at night, when it should have been cool, but wasn't, I decided to put gas in my car and drive downtown. Sometimes I take pictures out my car window, even though I've always thought it was cheating not to get out and walk, at least a little. I drove past the construction site where the Statler Hotel used to be. Then I drove on Broadway, where I had taken a series of photographs a few years ago. I went to see what I had called the last vacant lot. Once there were plans for a great courthouse, but they were canceled when there seemed to be no money. Now, a lesser building is under construction. I continued to drive in rectangles. The streets were full of detours and confusion. I drove up Alameda where the train tracks used to be. I saw three hearts made of plastic bags on a chain link fence. I had to keep moving but I came back. No place to park, of course. I thought I could pull over on the other side of the street, where the Federal Detention Center is, and stop just long enough to steady my camera facing out the window, but I heard a voice, "Ma'am, you can't park there." I didn't call what I was doing parking, just pausing. I wasn't blocking traffic. There was no one around. "Where are you?" I asked, and a man with a badge appeared. He was serious and fierce and threatened me with Federal Police. Even a few seconds here constitute a threat to national security. I drove around in several more rectangles until I found another place to take this picture, illegally of course, but unseen.


Sep. 8th, 2014

11:33 am - Mural on Valley Blvd.

Mural on Valley Blvd.

I saw this wonderful mural glowing amidst the shadows on the street. On another occasion, I took a closer look.

Mural by Jonathon Goley


Sep. 6th, 2014

02:54 pm - Buddy and JJ


Those little dogs are just so cute, Buddy says. I agree. We met JJ and his owner at Rosie's Dog Beach in Long Beach. It's remarkably difficult to take your dog to the beach in Los Angeles. This beach in Long Beach is the only place in the county where dogs are allowed. In the old days, you could take your dog to the beach anywhere, but that was when they were dumping sewage sludge into the ocean off Playa del Rey. It was a very happy day for Buddy. He doesn't like the water, but he thinks seaweed smells good. He loves smaller dogs, and had a great time with JJ, here. Dog parks always keep the small and large dogs separate, but the beach mixes them up. I've been a beach lover since childhood. It's great to find a place we can both enjoy, though it's a bit of a drive.

Aug. 21st, 2014

10:11 am - They Just Keep Building

They Just Keep Building

I can't believe I haven't posted since early July. So much for regaining my momentum. In the meantime, they just keep building this city. This is the construction site where the Statler Hotel used to be. I remember the Statler as a famous name in my childhood, synonymous with modern sophistication, a place where visiting dignitaries stayed. It didn't seem as interesting when they started calling it the Wilshire Grand. We're getting a new hotel in this spot. It's going to be either the tallest or the second tallest building in the city. I wanted to take a lot of demolition and construction pictures, but it's hard to get anywhere near the site. No parking for miles around. I took this from the car window.

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