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The View from City Hall

By Eric Richardson
Published: Thursday, September 21, 2006, at 01:01PM
city_hall_shot_edited Eric Richardson [Flickr]

The observation area at City Hall is one of those things that I think too few Downtowners have taken advantage of, perhaps because they just don't know that it's there. From City Hall's vantage point in the Civic Center you're treated to amazing views of the Downtown skyline, Disney Hall and the Historic Core. On very clear days you can even spot water in the Harbor. It's one of those things you would think the City would mention on its web site, but if it's there I sure can't find it.

You might notice that the masthead for blogdowntown comes from this shot taken from that very spot. I'm also a fan of this shot of the Music Center and Civic Park, so I'll link to it just for fun.

The observation area is open to the public during normal business hours. To get there, head to City Hall and tell the security guard where you're going. Take the elevators to the 22nd floor, get off and change to the other bank which will take you to the 27th. Walk up the ornate steps to the Tom Bradley Room and then out the doors either in front or to your left.

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