Who Built the Shakespeare Bridge?

Thank you for the attractive bridge, taxpayers of yore

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Q: Who built the Shakespeare Bridge?

A: The span connecting Franklin Avenue in East Hollywood to Franklin Hills was built in 1926. It crossed an arroyo created by Sacatela creek, a waterway that once continued west to Ballona Creek.

Bridge boosters, under the pretext that neighborhood teens would use it to access the future John Marshall High School, persuaded the city to tax homeowners a total of $59,960 for a forest of Gothic balustrades and spandrel arches that mimic a French bridge. Opponents groused that developers simply wanted a free bridge.

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