Category Archives: Bunker Hill

Aerial views of Bunker Hill and the Civic Center, 1955-c.2013

1955-c. 2013 Oblique aerial photographs provide an incredible wealth of information about urban landscapes. In addition to effectively illustrating the relative scale of buildings and neighborhoods, they offer hundreds of subtler details in higher resolution images. Nonetheless, due to some … Continue reading

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The Hill Street Tunnels, looking north on Hill Street from First Street, 1954-2014

1954-2014 Like many of the city’s early public works projects, the Hill Street Tunnels provided a solution to one of Los Angeles’ greatest topographic obstacles to regional mobility, the hills at Downtown’s northwestern edge. While of most of them had … Continue reading

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Southwest corner of First Street and Broadway, 1956-2014

1956-2014 In continuation of the previous post, the top photograph shows the southwest corner of First Street and Broadway in December, 1956. By then, most of the present block at the foot of Bunker Hill had been demolished in preparation … Continue reading

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Looking east on Second Street from Olive Street, 1957-2013

1957-2013 The top photograph shows the border between Bunker Hill and the Civic Center in 1957, just as both neighborhoods were being profoundly reshaped by urban renewal and redevelopment. While the full destruction of Bunker Hill was several years away, … Continue reading

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Looking east on First Street from Grand Avenue, 1926-2012

1926-2012 By the time major residential development had come to a close on Bunker Hill,¬†First Street was lined by a dense collection of apartment houses and hotels, pictured in the top photograph. After surviving largely intact through the 1940s, the … Continue reading

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Looking east on Fourth Street from Olive Street, 1922-2012

1922-2012 The top photograph shows the very abrupt transition between Bunker Hill’s aging residential sections and the growing business center to the east. In the shadows of their much taller neighbors, several old residences can be seen in the right … Continue reading

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Looking north on Figueroa Street from Fifth Street, 1941-2012

1941-2011 Up through the Second World War, Figueroa Street marked the boundary between Los Angeles’ business center and the dense residential neighborhoods to its west. Later decades have since transformed the thoroughfare into one of the primary avenues of a … Continue reading

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