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DTLA intersection may soon be known as Ray Bradbury Square

By Hayley Fox
Published: Friday, September 14, 2012, at 09:48AM

The intersection of 5th and Flower may soon be known as Ray Bradbury Square

The L.A. City Council will vote next week to name the intersection at 5th and Flower streets after author Ray Bradbury, who died at the age of 91 this year. The cross-streets selected to honor Bradbury surround the downtown L.A. Central Library -- a location where the "Fahrenheit 451" and "The Martian Chronicles" author spent significant time throughout his life.

After Bradbury's death in June, the library issued a statement that described the author as "a wonderful writer and a great supporter of the Los Angeles Public Library."

The statement also said Bradbury was "admired by librarians everywhere for his marvelous novels and short stories and for his dedication to the cause of intellectual freedom."

This week the City Council was expected to consider the proposal introduced by Councilman José Huizar, but it was moved until September 18.

“As a long time Los Angeles resident, Mr. Bradbury had a special connection to downtown,” Huizar wrote in his motion, NBC LA reports. “He drew from the rich milieu of characters populating Los Angeles to fill the fantastic, imagined worlds of his literature.”

Bradbury was known for writing everything from science fiction to mystery and horror. He was born in Illinois but moved to Los Angeles with his family when he was a teenager. Richard Schave, a L.A. historian who started the tour group Esotouric which often features local authors, described Bradbury as a "giant" in the writing world.

"I think they should name more squares after important Los Angeles literary figures," said Schave.

And Bradbury will be in good literary company: Right down the street at Grand and 5th, the intersection is named John Fante Square. The site was dedicated more than two years ago to the L.A. author who often wrote about DTLA and specifically, Bunker Hill.


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