Tyler Hubby Bettina Hubby underneath her disco ball at the Rowena construction site
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When artist Bettina Hubby started bringing her camera down to the construction site at the foot of her street on Rowena, the team working there wasn't surprised, just cautious. At that point, the project, officially the L.A. Department of Water and Power's River Supply Conduit Improvement Project, had been underway for about a year on a stretch of street that butts up against Ivanhoe Elementary, right across from Camelot Preschool and the Edendale Grill. The project would restore a pipeline, built in the 1940s, that brings water to from the L.A. reservoir to neighborhoods in South Central. It hadn't even pushed past its deadline yet -- the project was supposed to last just over a year and has now lasted three -- but Silver Lakers were already unhappy, and some would come around with cameras to document the source of their unhappiness. Some others would give the finger to the on-the-job mechanics and engineers as they crawled past at work-zone speeds.
Just this past December, heated debates between concerned parents of Ivanhoe students and the LADWP about the dangers of particulate matter almost led to a shut-down of the project until summer, and the crew put in 14 hour days on weekends while they waited to see what would happen. Hubby understood her neighborhood's frustration -- "it's been a hardship for everyone involved," she says. But directing animosity toward the site itself and the contractors working at it didn't make sense.More »