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Historic Downtown L.A. River Bridges

Historic Downtown L.A. River Bridges

Created by JohnnyFive on 28/12/2013
Updated on 28/12/2013
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Twenty-seven bridges span the entirety of the Los Angeles River from the San Bernadino Valley down to Long Beach, fourteen of which are within the Los Angeles city limits. Built in less than three decades' time, between 1909-1938, the bridges represent a siginificant time period for Los Angeles, when the combination of a population explosion and the popularity of the automobile redefined the young city. In an attempt to alleviate the number of cars on surface streets and the complicated traffic jams that had started to pop up, the city built the bridges to redirect traffic flows. Their massive scale and impressive architechture was influenced by the nationwide City Beautiful Movement, which sought to improve the morale and increase civic engagements by beautifying the city. Read more: http://bit.ly/13xn5YS

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