To the editor: My husband and I have lived on Bunker Hill for several years. At least five times a week we find ourselves walking up the stairs between a once-used park and the so-called city landmark Angels Flight.
These have been in disrepair and neglect since our arrival. (“Angels Flight gone to ... heck,” Sept. 10)
I cannot believe elected officials have been unaware of this disgrace.
Ronni Bedell, Los Angeles
To the editor: Regarding the deplorable condition of the once-proud Angels Flight now compounded by its recent graffiti attack, am I missing something? Isn’t this a Los Angeles icon? This historic monument deserves be restored to operation for Angelenos and tourists to once again enjoy.
David B. Housh, Glendora
To the editor: “The foundation and the community are very disappointed that someone would choose to denigrate a city landmark,” your article said.
The people of Los Angeles are very disappointed that the government of this city — which I am sure wastes enough taxpayer money every day that would pay for needed repairs, safety systems and maintenance — can’t figure out a way to get Angels Flight back on the rails and operating safely.
John Hazlet, Pasadena
To the editor: My family and I happened to be on that same stairway recently after visiting the Grand Central Market. I was sickened by the stench, not to mention the trash on the stairs. And the graffiti was the ghastly cherry on top. Ugh.
I felt ashamed that visitors, domestic and international, have to see the state of this local landmark.
Carl Addicott, Altadena
To the editor: In many European countries, spectacular funiculars take riders high into the mountains.
How exasperating that our supposedly world-class city can’t operate or even protect a funicular capable of taking riders a couple of hundred feet for a cup of latte. Time to change the name to Angels Blight.
Paul Bergman, Pasadena