Spanning History: Bridges of the Los Angeles River
The historic bridges of the Los Angeles River, built between 1910 and 1940, are monumental in design and massive in scale, even by today’s standards. Together, they tell an important part of the story of how Los Angeles came of age as a major modern city at the beginning of the 20th century. On January 30, 2008 the Los Angeles City Council approved the designation of several of the bridges as Historic-Cultural Monuments (HCMs), recognizing them as important to the history of our city.
Many of these iconic bridges are slated for retrofit and, in some cases, demolition. On Thursday, April 10, 2008, Larry Mantle, host of KPCC's Air Talk, moderated a panel discussion of experts and preservationists on the status and plans for these landmarks. The panel discussion was organized by the Getty Conservation Institute, the Los Angeles Conservancy, and Friends of the Los Angeles River.
Listen to the panel discussion (59:55)
Glen Dake is a landscape architect and a leader in creating community-designed landscapes and transportation and school improvements in Southern California neighborhoods, where he has practiced since 1987. He was appointed to the Cultural Heritage Commision in 2006 by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
Eric DeLony, a private consultant for engineering and industrial heritage, is recognized as one of the world's leading authorities on the history of bridges. He was principal architect and later chief of Historic American Engineering Record (HAER), a program of the National Park Service.
Larry Mantle, the panel moderator, is the host of KPCC's AirTalk, the longest continuously airing daily radio talk program in Southern California. A fourth-generation Angeleno, he has interviewed thousands of prominent guests on an extraordinary array of topics and is the recipient of numerous journalistic awards.
Gary Lee Moore is the City Engineer of the City of Los Angeles. He leads the Bureau of Engineering, which has a work force of more than 1,100 engineers, architects, surveyors, and support staff and an annual operating budget of $126 million. He is closely involved with several projects that are expected to transform the face of Los Angeles. One of these is the Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan.