Sunday, December 6, 2009

PDP #141: I've Seen This Downtown Before

I arrived in Los Angeles yesterday and have already started exploring. It's always a rush, I find, landing in a totally new city with a totally new subway system and wandering around until the street grid starts to imprint itself in my brain. My first such started at Union Station and, through no intention of my own, I wound up climbing W 1st Street to Civic Center station.

Along the way, I passed by an empty pit that was once an office building of some kind and will, if I recall the sign correctly, be the site of a courthouse. I took this photo, looking towards the skyscrapers of downtown Los Angeles, through one of the gaps in the chain-link fence that surrounds the site. As soon as the construction workers go in and the building goes up, this is a perspective that might not be possible anymore. But I've seen it before - most of us have, whether it's in the establishing shot of a movie or beneath an alien death ray.

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