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Two California Plaza
2nd Street Tunnel
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Wells FarGo Museum
HistorY of World Commerce
Bunker Hill was developed by Prudent Beaudry
as exclusive residential area for the upper-class.
In 1867 he bought 20 acres in a public auction,
brought water and streets to the hill
and sold the land to the entrpreneurs, lawyers
and merchants of the main business district
to build Victorian mansions as their family homes.
Since 1901 a short funicular railway Angels Flight
connects the prominent hill to the business
In the 1920's the wealthy residents began leaving
for Pasadena or Beverly Hills and their houses
were sub-divided into more profitable hotels,
rooming houses and apartment buildings
and the hill became a refuge for transients
In the 1950's most homes were deteriorating,
overcrowded and run-down.
Crime, fires and unhealthy conditions worsened,
so the city began a slum clearance project
to develop a modern Central business district.
On March 31, 1959 the Bunker Hill urban renewal
project was approved by the City Council
and the Community Redevelopment Agency CRA
purchased the properties.
Then the evolution into a modern district
with skyscrapers and luxury hotel began,
leading to a partial renaissance of downtown.