Union Station

While I have sadly been unable to visit the Union Station up to the point of writing this post, I would greatly like to. The last time I visited Los Angeles, when my went with my girlfriend and sister, they were too tired to walk there from Los Angeles City Hall because we had been walking around the city for most of the day. I would still like to write about it because it is an important site, and technically, I’ve been there when I was changing trains at one point, and I was able to get a good view of it along with much of the rest of the city when I visited the City Hall Observation Deck.
As we learned in class, Union Station was designed as an attractive entryway for when visitors to Los Angeles would step off the train and embark into the city. Built in the 1930s, it’s architecture is somewhat of an outdated mismash of Art Deco and Spanish Colonial Revival. While some would call this tacky, it certainly presents itself as Angeleno, at least as how those in power at the time wanted the city to be presented to the world. After construction of the station displaced the Chinese residents who had lived there, it went on to find fewer than anticipated customers as more people grew to preferred air and car travel to trains.
Regardless of the controversial issues surrounding Union Station and its history, I would like to visit it simply because it is a piece of history, and as far as history goes, it is important to learn about both the good and the bad in order to affect change in the future.

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