Why would anyone care about a some old chunks of concrete scattered on a Silver Lake hillside above an ARCO gas station? For Silver Lake resident and blogger Diane Edwardson, the blocks near Fletcher and Riverside drives really do serve as concrete reminders of the former wooden Pacific Electric Red Car bridge or viaduct (pictured above) that swept above the intersection and across the Los Angeles River. The blocks that served as footings for the bridge have been designated a city cultural historic monument. That does not seem to matter to the person or persons who have used the footings to serve as foundations for a wooden wheel and some other objects.
While the wheel and other sculptures have their fans, Edwardson considers them an illegal alteration of a historic landmark as well as ugly. Her effort to get the wooden structures removed, however, have not been successful. In a recent post, she noted that the city’s Lot Cleaning Division posted a notice on one of the wooden structures back in June warning that the city would remove weeds and rubbish on the hillside. The weeds went but the wheel and other objects stayed. Edwardson, who has also appealed to Council District 13 for help, has grown weary trying to get rid of these immovable objects:
“But then, what’s one more piece of crap to look at when you have power lines, ugly rooftops, major commuter streets and the 5 Freeway to clutter the view.”
Top Photo: 1942 image by Bruce Wojcik/Corralitas Red Car Property. Photo was taken from Riverside Drive looking east to Fletcher Drive. Bottom photo by Diane Edwardson.