Column: With Angels Flight, the devil is in the details

I take a ride, two in fact, on the newly restored Angels Flight railway in downtown L.A. Of all the weird luck, the next day it closed again due to a faulty part. I’ve been on it on at least a half-dozen occasions over the years, in between closures, some of which have lasted years. It’s nice to have it back.

I write about it in Friday’s column. Have you ever been on it?

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  • SAWZ

    David, when you see my tag I can envision your eye-roll because you already know that once when I start talking about things I have done in LA, I never stop:

    During days/years after the inception of Metrolink in the early 90’s. I have used most of the modes of mass transit in LA. Having an actual commuter train was an event that I never thought I would see happen in my lifetime. I was a regular user of Angels Flight the first time and the death of a passenger was so sad. Then, it was several years before it reopened–I would guess that there were civil suits which normally take years to settle–then repairing the little railway and funding by whatever group took over the project. So of course, when it reopened again I was a passenger whenever I was in that area. Something was wrong with the mechanics from the beginning during that second “era”–when the cars met in the middle of the “trip” there was a clanking and a jerking of the car. I wasn’t surprised when it was closed down again. Of course I was excited to learn that it was again open and hope it won’t be too long in this repair and it will be right when that happens. It dismays me a little to see how the fares have risen, from a quarter to a dollar–I do get the discount with my Metrolink ticket, but the concern is not for me or tourists who are using it once or twice. My concern is for people that really get a dent in their pocketbook if they have to use it everyday.

    (A side-story about the Hill-Fourth Street area: . A couple friends and I attended a “Grand Performances” concert in June on a Saturday night. We had walked from dinner at Phillipe and entered the venue from Grand. We left the concert about 10:15 p.m. to head toward Union Station for our train home–I led my friends down the long staircase to Olive and Fourth; we ran down the little hill to the Red Line entrance and there it was surrounded with fencing and closed! I had not kept up with things going on and was not aware
    of the situation with both Red Line stations at Hill and Fourth. So I told my friends not to worry we would just cross the street and board at that entrance–and that entrance was not open either–looked like it had been permanently closed. I had a little panic attack, so we started running on down Hill toward the Pershing Square stop, and we weren’t sure how far it was. A nice side-walk receptionist at another venue led us most of the way until she was sure we were there. So we did get to our train on time and I read up on the situation after the fact–the east stop on Hill and Fourth was permanently closed and the fenced west side had been closed down sometime in the spring for an estimated seven months for escalator repair. When I want back again in late July that station had reopened.)

    David, have you been to the Broad? I went alone which was an advantage because I was allowed to enter immediately and spent a couple hours. It is worth a look whether one likes modern art or not–the logistics that would have had to take place for these exhibits of Mr. and Mrs. Broad’s personal collection, and the collection itself, boggle the mind.

    • davidallen909

      Whew! But thanks for all that, Shirley. In brief: 1) Angels Flight was back open last Thursday, 2) both the Hill and 4th subway entrances/exits are in operation again 3) and yes, I’ve been to the Broad, and wrote a mixed-review column about it roughly a year ago.

      • SAWZ

        Thanks–I evidently misunderstood what I thought I read about the east exit–I thought it was permanently closed. I must have missed your Broad review or can’t remember–I was wowed by the size of the dining set (most things in there are huge) and the painting of the man that one would think must be a photograph. The Broads must have needed to hire several tractor trailers to haul the pieces they acquired.

        • davidallen909

          Search for “Broad Museum” on this blog and a link should come up. The 4th/Hill east exit is now enclosed rather than open air because a building will go up around it, a la the W Hotel at Hollywood and Vine.