Compiling the Evidence: Seeing More Than Meets The Eye

Riverside Figueroa Bridge

Youth Voices is working with students from the Los Angeles River School to re-imagine the L.A. River and the surrounding communities as part of the Northeast Los Angelels Riverfront Collaborative. The students have formed teams to explore and investigate their communities, map assets, collect and share stories, data and community input for their projects. All the while they are learning and expanding their knowledge of digital media and civic engagement. Follow their work here and on Instagram and Twitter (@TC_Planners) or by using #kcetyv.

Describe the cause your team identified, investigated and documented.

Our team's community cause is to save the Riverside Figueroa Bridge by raising awareness about the structure and the opportunity to make it into a community space called the LandBridge. We selected this cause because this historic bridge impacts all of us. We all come from the communities surrounding it and some of us use this bridge as part of our daily routine. A new bridge is being built to take its place but the old bridge does not have to be demolished. It can be turned into a green space where people can come together, ride their bikes, sit and enjoy a view of the Los Angeles River.

What did you learn about this issue in the community?
We learned that there are many community issues that impact us and we as residents are the only ones that can make a change.

Who did you interview?
We interviewed Kevin Mulcahy, an architect at RAC, he is one of the leaders in the movement to save the bridge and create the LandBridge. We also interviewed a fellow community resident, Beny. They both offered support for what we were doing and gave us more ideas on how we should get the word out about our cause. We are using these new ideas.

What is the community support for your cause?
We found out that many people at our school support the idea when we held a petition drive in support of the Bridge. Over one hundred people signed the on-line petition.

We plan to encourage more people to get involved with the preservation of the Riverside Figueroa Bridge and the development of the LandBridge. We plan to continue to voice our beliefs about the bridge and have a bigger impact on the community so that everyone will be able to use and enjoy this new community space.

Architectural rendering of LangBridge


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