and then occasionally you see things that remind you that at one point la had the makings of a normal city.
union station is one of those things. it’s a beautiful old train station and it sits nicely in the pantheon of beautiful old train stations. because at one point la was destined to be a normal city, with normal and beautiful buildings and an urban core and public transportation. and then the 20th century happened and la exploded in every direction, literally, metaphorically, figuratively.
little outposts of normalcy were left behind, clustered around a leaking downtown like little dioramas of conventional urbanism. you look at union station and think,
wow, this was built when people still expected la to behave like other cities — via moby los angeles architecture