About four months ago I started “reading” books by the crime-fiction author Michael Connelly. The audiobooks I’ve downloaded from the library have helped pass the time while walking the dog. They are easy, but entertaining, reads.
Connelly began his career as a journalist and eventually ended up writing for the Los Angeles Times before becoming a novelist. His books, which all take place in Los Angeles County, are fairly sequential and have recurring characters – my favorite being Detective Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch. With L.A. as the backdrop, it’s almost as fun to read about the setting’s well-known landmarks, restaurants, and neighborhoods – of course, in the book a crime has usually taken place nearby. A couple of weeks ago I finished “Angels Flight”. The story takes place in the Bunker Hill/historic downtown district. In the scheme of things, LA is such a young city, but this neighborhood played a big part in our early history, dating back to the mid 1800s. Other than coming downtown for concerts or sporting events, I haven’t been to this area in years. While reading “Angels Flight” I felt nostalgic for a visit.
My friend (and work husband) Jason and I took a field trip to Historic Downtown just last week while still on Spring Break. We decided to drive into North Hollywood to leave the car at the train station and pick up the Red Line Subway to Pershing Square. Unfortunately when we arrived there was not a single parking place in the station
parking lot. We drove around the neighborhood for about 15 minutes looking for street parking…nope. So, like most Angelenos, we stayed in our car and just drove into the city. So instead of paying $1.50 to take the train, we paid $16 to park in the lot of the train station at Pershing Square. No wonder public transportation isn’t catching on here!
Angels Flight (the book’s namesake) was our first stop.
Angels Flight is the “shortest railroad in the world”. It is actually a funicular that was designed to carry passengers up and down the steep incline between downtown (Hill St.) and Bunker Hill which was a fashionable residential district.
It costs just 50 cents to ride to the top. We took Sinai.
I had so much fun keeping the iphone in my purse and shooting with the real camera. By the time the field trip was over, I had almost 100 photos. The remainder of our visit will be posted next time in part II.