Historic Transportation Through Eagle Rock
From the beginnings of its suburbanization, issues of connectivity to the cities around it drove the process. The initial connection of concern was the Eagle Rock Boulevard corridor, where swampy areas around York Boulevard blocked access to LA. Very soon after, the east-west connection between our valley and adjacent cities and thence the San Fernando and San Gabriel Valleys, became the focus of both local boosters and State and regional planners. While this did benefit Eagle Rock, it began a shift, which would often be the source of conflict, between users concerned with local connections and regional authorities that viewed Eagle Rock mostly as a bottleneck to regional traffic solutions.
A slideshow presentation highlighting these and later developments will precede a panel question and answer period about this history. This is not, however, a forum for discussion of current transportation issues. The panel includes; Alan Weeks, expert on the trolley system and longtime Metro employee; Michael Morgan, expert on the Glendale and Eagle Rock Railway; Severin Martinez, a city planner who has studied the freeway and road connections between Eagle Rock and the region. Eric Warren, ERVHS curator, will moderate.
The Northeast Newspaper Project – A Fruitful Collaboration.
For our second venture into the virtual world, we will present a panel discussion held in January 2021, moderated by Robert Kieft, former Occidental College Librarian, for a seminar class in collaborations between college libraries and their surrounding communities. A question and answer session will be held afterwards with members of the panel.
Eagle Rock’s First People
Our guest in March for our special free public meeting is professor Jan Lin from Occidental College. Lin has observed Eagle Rocks revitalization efforts and will place them in context with overall trends in Northeast Los Angeles.
“Lin explores the promises and conflicts faced by public figures, artists, and leaders of Northeast Los Angeles as they enliven and defend their neighborhoods. Focusing especially on the cultural scene of Northeast Los Angeles, Lin shows how these gentrifying communities help satisfy a white middle-class consumer demand for authentic experiences of “living on the edge and a spirit of cultural rebellion.”