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Stairways to Nowhere

By Eric Richardson
Published: Friday, August 17, 2007, at 04:55PM
Closed Off Eric Richardson [Flickr]

The Fort Moore memorial is one of the odder forgotten public spaces of Downtown. The site once had a great waterfall (see the comments), but it's been turned off since 1977. Now the land above the memorial is the construction site for LAUSD's new $200 million Performing Arts school.

On each side of the former waterfall, stairways lead to what once must have been a path running behind the memorial. Today the tops of the stairways are closed off, with the No Trespassing signs pictured. I haven't seen plans for how the school intends to use this side of the site, but is it too much to ask that there again be a public space on top of the site? Given the money getting put into the structures on top of the hill, doesn't it make a bit of sense to also restore the memorial on the side of it?

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