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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 south on Broadway from First Street, 1956-2014

1956-2014 The top photograph, taken in 1956 by Palmer Conner, shows one of Broadway’s oldest sections in its final days. Save for one surface parking lot, the west side of the block between First and Second Streets then housed eight … 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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Pedestrian tunnel at Browning Boulevard and Western Avenue, 1928-2012

1928-2012 Abandoned pedestrian tunnels, spread throughout Los Angeles’ neighborhoods, are an unsightly testament to the city’s perennially dismal legacy in providing its pedestrians with safe streets. By the early 1920s, it had become apparent that Los Angeles’ increasingly automobile-centric form came with a great human … Continue reading

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Looking north on Los Angeles Street from First Street, c.1910-2012

c. 1910-2012 In the early decades of Los Angeles’ industrial growth, Los Angeles Street was the primary artery of the city’s wholesale and manufacturing districts, immediately to the east of its civic and commercial center. In addition to its many warehouses, … Continue reading

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