When I first saw the iron framework go up to the south of Union Station back in 2004, I was perturbed at the potential cloaking effect that new structure might have on one of L.A.’s finest architectural treasures. Though I still would rather Union Station had been left unencroached upon, I was somewhat pleased when that new building ended up being relatively unobtrusive. Not so with the steaming monstrosity presently being piled up on the corner of Cesar Chavez and Alameda. Union Station? What Union Station?
The end result of this new blockade may very well echo the station’s style and grandeur, but all I know is that what once was this marvelous view of the venerable transit depot:
Is now this.
And that sucks.