This morning, HNTB was announced as winner of the Sixth Street Viaduct design competition.
In his statement, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa reiterated that the bridge would become an iconic piece of Los Angeles because of the international nature of the competition and “the community’s involvement every step of the way.”
When LASB’s Kris Fortin first wrote about the competition in September, it didn’t appear to him that the community had been as involved in the process as it should have been. Residents were concerned about what kind of planning there was for linking the bridge to the communities on either side, and whether the viaduct would be welcoming to them with regard to the way they would want to use the space. Amusingly, LA Observed seems to suggest, their concerns might be merited, as the renderings appear to “envision the bridge will be visited primarily by young white people,” despite the fact that Boyle Heights is a largely Latino community.
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