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Monday, May 23, 2011

LOS ANGELES: More Walking in L.A...Fountains and more.

Please join me for another edition of Walking in L.A...

Let's start off with this military flyover as we exit the train at Union Station.  That building is the headquarters of the Metropolitan Water District.

Here's a closer look.

Walking up Main Street from the station, we go past the United States District Courthouse, solidly built in 1937 as a WPA project during the Great Depression.

Turning up Temple, we come to this little art installation/fountain in from of the Hall of Records.  It's one of my favorite fountains.  It's hard to see, but that represents a map of the southern half of California and all the sources of Los Angeles' water.  A trickle runs down each river and aqueduct ending up in the pond at the bottom that represents the city.

Moving up the street we come to the Music Center, home of the the Ahmanson Theater and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.  This ever-changing fountain cools visitors off in its plaza.

Around the corner on First Street, next to the Stanley Mosk Courthouse is this nice little fountain.

Don't you want to just jump in?  Go ahead, I don't think anyone would mind...

Across the street is this temporary pond, where the state government building used to be.  Now, it's a giant hole in the ground, owned by the federal government which plans to build a new courthouse there someday.  For the time being, it collects rainwater and runoff.

We'll finish up this walk by going south on Olive to Pershing Square where you can get this great view of Bunker Hill's skyscrapers.  You'll need to go on Wednesdays, though, if you want to go to this nice little farmer's market.

-Darryl
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