SHAKESPEARE IN LOS ANGELES?
issue : 022004
Sometimes, an entire community can be defined by an inanimate object, like a bridge, if it's unique enough. At the eastern end of Franklin Avenue in the Hollywood area, there is a historic community called, 'Franklin Hills Community'. Since 1927, this hillside community has been connected to the rest of the city by a fairytale structure called, 'Franklin Avenue Bridge' or better known as the 'Shakespeare Bridge' (appropriately decorated with eight "Gothic-style" turrets; small tower-shaped projection).
The bridge itself is considered an 'L.A. Historic Cultural Monument #126' and since its inauguration in 1927, this narrow, part pedestrian bridge worked as an entrance gate to Franklin Hills Community. It's one of those odd/interesting places which beckons the vehicle to stop and draws the driverís attention. Walk around a few minutes near the community, Vermont and Franklin Avenue, and will be obvious instead of that many people who live and/or work here are like the bridge; eclectic and expressive.
You can't miss it... this place is so bizarre you have to see it in person to believe something like this exists in Los Angeles or anywhere!
Franklin Hills Residents Association
Big Waste of Space Photologue
*simply drive up