Garcetti on City Hall

Eric Garcetti was recently asked on KCRW what his favorite building in Los Angeles is. This answer is outstanding, and just one more reason we’re all so lucky to have this guy around:

“For me, the answer was obvious: City Hall. Designed by the firm of Austin, Parkinson, and Martin and finished in 1928, the building was damaged in the Long Beach earthquake and re-opened just months after I took office in 2001. It contains sand from each of California’s 58 counties and water from its 21 missions. There are some great detail photos at Project Restore’s homepage, but none of them capture what it’s like to come to work here and be able to look up at the magnificent design, knowing that this is the public’s building. To those readers who’ve never seen it, you should take the red line downtown on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday and see Council Chambers when it’s a living temple of democracy. Then take the elevators up to the 28th floor, and walk up the stairs into the Tom Bradley Room, from whose balconies you can see a whole lot of Los Angeles.”

5 Replies to “Garcetti on City Hall”

  1. You know I have to be honest. City Hall is not a favorite sturcture of mine , although it should be because inside it is a temple in itself. But City hall is a phallic symbol from many years ago. Let’s be honest now , I don’t have to get into any details. It symbolizes the power , when men thought subconsciously that phallic symbols represented power.

    So really I don’t like it much.

  2. Phallic symbol? Come on!

    Using Don’s logic, any landmark structure built “long ago” (read: 1920s & 1930s) with a tower incorporated into the design is a phallic symbol. The Central Library, Bullocks Wilshire, the Los Angeles Theatre, and so on. How could women back then check out a book, go shopping or see a show without feeling overwhelmed by the sexual oppression that the verticle lines of these buildings represent?!

    Next you’re going to tell me that the proximity of the squat, feminine box of City Hall East to it’s tall, phallic neighbor is symbolic of man’s subjugation of women.

  3. Phallic or Fallacy?

    Easy there Bob. Whether Don is right or not about the subtext he is correct that any landmark tower/skyscraper/monument built either “long ago” or now can be seen as symbolically phallic from a dimensional representation. As far as I know there hasn’t yet been quantification of man’s subjugation of women into an architectural format.

  4. City Hall’s restoration is pretty incredible and the views from the top are amazing. But really — sand from all of California’s counties? What kind of hookum is that? I love Eric Garcetti, but I think he’s spending a little too much time around all those other politicos.

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