East West Divide

Image Credit: Vidal Herrera

Image Credit: Vidal Herrera


The 4th Street Bridge was built in 1931 and since has connected East Los Angeles to Central and West Los Angeles.

It is an important means of transport and yet as the image at right suggests, for many, the iconic bridge represents much more.

This leaves us to ponder:


4th Street Bridge
Photo Credit: Sterling Davis

  • • What does  the bridge reflect, in terms of culture?
  • • Does this landmark act as a boundary?
  • • How does the constant evolution of architecture adjust our sense of local history?
  • • Do outsiders perceive large cities and functional monuments, like bridges, and local landmarks differently than locals?
  • • How closely is location tied to identity?
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