Sunday, January 3, 2010

City Hall Tower views Then and Now, Los Angeles edition

(photo credits: Associated Press and Scott Harrison)

Seeing as the six Philadelphia City Hall tower posts from this past fall have proved fairly popular, I thought I'd start off the new year with a related link - an LA Times interactive feature which pairs six 1951 photographs from Los Angeles City Hall tower with new photographs taken nearly 50 years later.

The pictures reveal some of the striking large-scale transformations that have taken place in downtown LA, including the obliteration and reconstruction of Bunker Hill and the emergence of the Civic Center complex. Thanks to the relatively large image size of the carefully alignmed photographs, one can even spot plenty of changes on the level of individual blocks and buildings, including the replacement of entire blocks by single structures and the encroachment of surface parking. It's quite fascinating, even with little familiarity with the sprawling West Coast metropolis. Major kudos to the LA Times and photographer Scott Harrison.

Posting has been light as of late due to a busy end of the year and holiday season. Look forward to more content soon in 2010. Happy new year!

More mid-20th century photographs of Los Angeles [Skyscraperpage Forum]

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