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What of the L.A. Mall?

By Eric Richardson
Published: Friday, February 05, 2010, at 02:06PM
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A pair of pedestrians walk through the main corridor of the Los Angeles Mall on Friday afternoon.

It's easy to forget about the Los Angeles Mall. The vaguely-named complex sits buried next to City Hall, housing fast food outlets, a handful of retailers and some service offices.

Even the City seems to forget about it. Councilwoman Janice Hahn filed a motion in 2005 asking for a report on the current status of the facility and plans to renovate it, but the motion expired without every moving out of committee.

Given the City's budget crisis, it makes sense that Councilwoman Jan Perry wants to make sure the facility is at least making some money. She filed a motion on January 26 asking for a report on the mall's total operating costs and a separate document detailing the facility's revenues.

The $26.7 million Los Angeles Mall opened in the early 1970's. It was designed to be active all day, somewhere that people could park, eat dinner, and then catch a "minibus" (as the early DASH was known) to the Music Center.

Plans to do a major renovation in the 1990's fell apart after the Children's Museum announced its intention to vacate the building it occupied on the mall's north end. While planning continued, no work was done.

Perry's motion was referred to the Information Technology and Government Affairs committee, and has not yet been calendared for a hearing.

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