Do you like your bridges green or red?

Bottom photo by Martin Cox

The bridge at Echo Park Lake has been left high and dry (top photo) after the lake was drained for an approximately $65 million clean up.  When the lake is refilled, the olive green bridge will look virtually the same, which is a shame, said Echo Park resident Martin Cox, who preferred the shade of red (bottom photo) that the bridge was painted for many years.  The wood and metal span was painted olive green when the structure was repaired about six years ago.  The dull green may be more historically accurate – glimpses of the green bridge can be seen in the 1974 movie “Chinatown” – but, said Cox,  it’s not as pretty as red:

If you look at mural representations of Echo Park, ALL of them show the red bridge, no one wanted to paint the ugly green one!

Unfortunately for Cox and other fans of red bridges, the bridge will remain olive green, said Michelle Vargas,  a spokeswoman with city’s Department of Public Works.


  1. I’ll settle for “open”.

  2. I like history, but the red looked good, too.


  3. at least it’s not green poka dots. LOL 😉

  4. Subtle green over pedestrian red!

  5. Was this really necessary to chat about?

  6. Slow news day?

  7. Another case of metathesiophobia strikes Echo Park!!!

  8. Looks like it’s usually been white-ish beige or red

  9. Red. But I agree with Ben. OPEN would be most preferible.

  10. Think the Green is more in keeping with the Idea of a Traditional Los Angeles Urban Lake Park. Thought the Red was the result of effort several years back to give that section of the Park a kind of Asian Garden effect ? Long as there are no Polka Dots or any new Monuments to Affirmative Action Gentrification Martyrs, I`m Cool.

  11. I was hoping for red. The green on the bridge now is dark and dull.
    Why don’t don’t the people that see the Park every day have some say in these thing? I see the Park many times a day and the “bronze” on the boat house is ugly to me.
    Do the people that make these decisons ever see the Park?

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