Angel’s Flight is not just a modern example of perseverance, rather it is a Symbol of the Rebirth of Downtown Los Angeles.
In case you are not familiar with “Angel’s Flight”, let me share a bit of history here. It is a funicular that was built and opened to the public in 1901 and it connected Hills St and Olive St. The introduction came with a big fanfare, the Mayor of Los Angeles introduced these two cable cars (Sinai & Olivet) that were going to be connecting Bunker Hill with the lower part of Los Angeles.
As downtown Los Angeles, has been historically known for having ups and downs when it came to desirability as well as inward and outward migration, so did Angel’s Flight. From 1901- 1969 it was on and off closed, but managed to have millions of people use it to cross the steep 33-degree incline rather than take the 123 steps give or take which was adjacent to it.
When Angel’s Flight closed in 1969, it was intended to be closed only for a couple years. Well time flies and it was not until 1996 that Angel’s Flight had been reassembled, modernized and allegedly made safer. Then in the year 2000 it was designated a historic landmark. This was probably a life saver for this historic landmark, because shortly after it, there was an accident which killed a passenger and injured a few others in 2001.
After numerous safety tests and safety features, that were added, finally around 2010 it reopened with great elation for all. Angel’s Flight became a destination place for not just the locals, but for tourists from all over the globe. As it turned out in 2012 we took my parents for a ride and my dad was thrilled, since he was a history buff. Now with that said sadly another accident occurred the following year and in 2013 Angel’s Flight closed.
To many Angelinos it seemed very unlikely, that this funicular would be allowed to operate again, since now Government Regulators were involved with determinizing the safety record of this funicular, hence Angel Flight hung at a cross road. Now let’s fast forward to 2016/2017.
Interestingly, since we live in Los Angeles we have noticed over the past 20 plus years, that often Politicians and the Entertainment industry manage to circumvent the rules and regulations.
So, if you saw the movie ’ La La Land’ starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, there is a scene where they share a kiss inside the car as it is going up toward Bunker Hill.
Well the filming of this scene was in violation of the safety rules and regulations… anyway it was a precursor of things to come. It appears that Sinai and Olivet the two cars of Angels Flight are expected to run again and the Grand Reopening is going to be this Labor Day weekend.
The history of Angel’s Flight reminds me of how downtown has changed as well, from luxury homes to working class neighborhoods. Then when the working-class neighborhoods were razed and displaced by high rise building. Then there was a downturn of the desirability of living in Downtown Los Angeles and now in the past ten plus years the desirability has returned and Downtown LA is a vibrant and hip community again.
There has been a rebirth, reinvention and return of its vibrant desirability of Downtown Los Angeles, just as Angel’s Flight will be returning and will be desirable again.
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