South of Fletcher: Stories from the Bowtie explores the past, present and potential of the Bowtie Parcel.
Once one of Southern California’s most important rail yards, this site will soon become the next urban California State Park, joining a patchwork of other river-adjacent green spaces that are shaping the course of LA River revitalization. Through personal interviews with people who have worked, lived and otherwise made their marks at this post-industrial site, Fonografia Collective explores some of LA’s biggest challenges, and speculates about what change at this site might mean for the rest of the city.
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Written and co-produced by Ruxandra Guidi
Edited by Ibby Caputo
Music by Luis Guerra
South of Fletcher: Stories from the Bowtie
August 8, 2018
Follow along as we explore the rhythms of this unique site on the brink of major change. New episodes will be posted bi-weekly, starting in early September.
September 10, 2018
Back in the '70s, the Bowtie Parcel was a bustling rail depot better known as Taylor Yard; a place where Southern Pacific diesel trains came from throughout Southern California for maintenance and repairs. In this episode, Bob Ramírez & Don Tortorice share what it was like to work at the site.
September 24, 2018
How do we thrive in less-than-ideal living conditions? In this episode Rux and Bear talk with CA State Parks certified interpretive specialist Luis Rincon, ecological historian Travis Longcore, and longtime Frogtown/Atwater resident Liz Vega about disturbance at the Bowtie and its surrounding communities.
October 8, 2018
There's only one way into and out of the Bowtie — through the Pocket. This little section of Atwater Village, sandwiched between Fletcher Drive the 2 freeway, is home to a diverse community with mixed feelings about the soon-to-be-park next door.
Open Space for Everyone
October 22, 2018
The Bowtie is a rare plot of wide open space in a city that's becoming more densely populated by the day. What will happen when the site becomes a park? Who will get to use it?
Long Live Ryan
October 29, 2018
In this episode, Rux and Bear share how they uncovered the story of Ryan Coreas, a local teenager whose life is memorialized at one of his favorite places to hang out: the Bowtie.
November 5, 2018
What's next for the Bowtie? Sean Woods, Stephen Mejia and Kat Superfisky are all actively trying to answer that question. Listen in as they recount past and current battles, as well as ideas for the park's designed future.
Designing Open Space
October 17, 2018
1 Hour 25 Minutes
In this wide ranging conversation about the politics of open space, responsive design, and community engagement, Ruxandra Guidi discusses South of Fletcher: Stories from the Bowtie with Christopher Hawthorne, Chief Design Officer for the City of Los Angeles; Kat Superfisky, Urban Ecologist at Studio-MLA and Executive Director at Grown in LA; and Helen Leung, Co-Executive Director of LA-Más. In this discussion, the panelists consider the Bowtie and its relationship to the rest of a rapidly-changing Los Angeles.