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Who Will Care For Downtown's Neglected Elevated Walkways?

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Unbeknownst to many, Downtown LA is equipped with 10 elevated pedestrian walkways connecting various office buildings, apartment towers, and parking garages. The "pedways" are a remnant of the seventies, when they were planned to complement a proposed people mover that was canceled in the Reagan eighties. In the 30 years since, the pedways have become a much-loved shortcut for DTLA residents and workers, and have developed a "cult following," according to the Los Angeles Times, which called for the pedways' regular upkeep in a recent editorial. The pedways are often hit by taggers and the Times says their maintenance is gonna take an "it-takes-a-village" approach, especially with city budgets tight. The managers of the World Trade Center and the Bunker Hill Towers apartments, which has a pedway between them, could help fund a security camera to deter vandals, along with local businesses. Meanwhile Councilmember Jose Huizar's had the idea to ask kids in a nearby school to pick up trash.
· In LA, Polishing Up the Pedways [LA Times]