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June Street Architecture Wants to Turn Downtown LA’s Abandoned Train Cars and Flatbeds Into City Parks

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Oct 04, 2013 01:05 AM
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by Jon Dioffa last modified Oct 03, 2013


While Los Angeles is globally recognized for its love of the car, it is not associated with myriad of rail lines and train cars scattered throughout the city. These 19th century icons have been abandoned or built over, forming “urban scar tissue” on the




 

 

architecture Los Angeles, downtown Los Angeles, Los Angeles River, LA Arts District , June Street Architecture, Building Trust International’s PlayScapes Competition, urban renewal

While Los Angeles is globally recognized for its love of the car, it is not associated with myriad of rail lines and train cars scattered throughout the city. These 19th century icons have been abandoned or built over, forming “urban scar tissue” on the city grid as urban sprawl began to take over. Positioned between downtown Los Angeles and the Los Angeles River, the Arts District showcases many of these urban scars. As the area became gentrified in the 1970s with the emergence of housing and commercial amenities infilling the industrial warehouses, the rail lines which used to exist in the area become embedded in streetscapes. Many other unused rail lines follow major streets such as Slauson Ave. and Florence Ave. through the entire city, crossing residential and commercial neighborhoods. Such cases of abandoned rail lines, strands of unused land, and obsolete train cars and flatbeds are lifelessly scattered throughout the city. June Street Architecture’s proposal for Building Trust International’s PlayScapes Competition reclaims this industrial infrastructure and converts it into the much needed park space throughout the city.

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