A selection of recent Instagram photos from Atwater Village.
Ever wondered how many bridges and paths cross the LA River? Probably not but that’s what we’re here for…no applause please. 117 crossings above this 48 mile river. When the Hyperion Bridge with its beautiful 13 arches was built in 1928 and the rather unattractive Pacific Electric Railway Bridge in 1929, there were only 11. Many were wooden or rusting iron trusses. The man behind 9 of these sweeping architectural gems (including the 6th Street Bridge rubble pile and the Arroyo Parkway Pasadena tunnels) was Merrill Butler. He never went to college but learned civil engineering along the way. His structures were designed to be seen from below and there was once parkland where the 5 Freeway now crosses under the Glendale-Hyperion Bridge. The Red Car last ran across this bridge in the 1950’s and the tracks were dismantled in 1959. The good news is that a pedestrian and cycling path is planned for the pylons in 2018 if all goes as planned. Pedal down the LA River Bike Path and take a gander. To learn more about Merrill Butler and his impact on LA, use the link in our bio.