I was hunting a few days ago for something to take pictures of that had the added advantage of being nearby. I didn’t get more than about 300 yards from home when I came upon something I’d never seen before.
Officially, it’s called the Dunleer Bridge because it connects Dunleer Drive to the Palms Recreation Center. In truth, it’s a short concrete footbridge across an old but soon-to-be-active-again railroad right-of-way.
I haven’t spent a lot of time there, but the bridge seems to get a fair amount of traffic. In addition to being scenic, it appears to serve as a neighborhood shortcut to the outside world—at least for those on the way to experience the outside world on foot.
Besides the people who use the bridge, there’s a sizable community of feral cats who make their way across the bridge.
A number of people stop by each day, often just before and just after sundown, to leave food for the cats, so the small bridge is a vital link in the neighborhood ecosystem.
There’s a lot of activity in the ditch these days, as workers and heavy earth-moving equipment labor to restore the roadbed of what was once the Pacific Electric Red Car line into an extension of the Metro Expo Line. Light-rail is—quite literally—right around the corner. Metro says the extension from Culver City to Santa Monica will be complete in 2015.