Wasteful Walls

Efforts continue, as they have since 1998, to thwart the ongoing erosion of the bluffs, the substructure beneath Del Mar’s train tracks. Work is currently concentrated at 4th Street, the site of the February 28, 2021 collapse that took down the slab of concrete retaining wall put in place in 1910. The construction, still being tweaked, looks as if it may anchor the 288 foot long section at a cost of $10.5 million—more or less. 


Look about. Adjoining bluffs continue to drop off in little bits and big clunks. And, who knows where and when the next collapse will occur?

Photo by Julie Maxie-Allison