This is the third and concluding installment on the origins, construction, and outcome of the twenty-four-mile mountain highway, now known as Mulholland Drive, completed in 1924. It tells how and why the promoters, homeowners, and city government turned from the original vision of a grand scenic boulevard to settle for a winding, narrow, dirt road, eventually paved but still rural. And, finally, it recounts the successful drive in the 1990s to preserve its character as a scenic country road in its natural terrain, running through a great metropolis.
Building Mulholland Highway: The Road to Mulholland Drive: Part III. After the Celebration
Barry Read is the author of “Building Mulholland Highway: The Road to Mulholland Drive. Part I: The Campaign,” and “Part II: Construction,” which appeared in the Spring and Summer 2017 issues of the Southern California Quarterly, to which the current issue's article is a sequel. He holds a doctorate in ecology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a law degree from the University of Texas School of Law. His legal career was focused on environmental law. From 1997 to 2004, he was the executive director of Mulholland Tomorrow, a nonprofit group advocating for the preservation of the Mulholland Scenic Parkway. He currently resides in Texas.
Barry Read; Building Mulholland Highway: The Road to Mulholland Drive: Part III. After the Celebration. Southern California Quarterly 1 August 2017; 99 (3): 329–367. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/scq.2017.99.3.329
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