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Angels Flight

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Angels Flight is literally the little funicular that could: The block-long railway has weathered mechanical problems, extended closures and relocation to keep pulling passengers up Bunker Hill over a century after its initial opening. The two, tiered cars that traverse its rails offer a view of the Historic Core below, as well as an amusingly bumpy ride. You can board Angels Flight from either Hill Street or Olive Street, but we suggest the former lest you end up hoofing it back up Fourth Street. Tip: Use your TAP card for a half-price fare.


Venue name: Angels Flight
Address: 351 S Hill St
Los Angeles

Opening hours: 6:45am-10pm
Price: One-way fare $1, with TAP card 50¢
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Sadly closed for the foreseeable future, Angel's Flight is nevertheless a nice stop if you're touring downtown.  It used to be on a different block and was built to shuttle the well-to-do residents of old Bunker Hill (when it was a place filled with lavish Victorian mansions) up said hill from the shopping and markets below it on Broadway.  It was dismantled and reinstalled, unfortunately improperly, leading to deaths and injuries, and closed again.  It finally reopened, and you could ride it for $.25 to $.50, but again, improper management of the ride (namely that officials were using a tree branch to prop an "Emergency Override" button in perpetual override) led to its closure.  It's currently languishing as the city thinks it needs an adjacent stairwell level with the tracks running the length of the funicular--and there's no money to do so.

Stop by anytime, it's just across the street from Grand Central Market.  Take the adjacent stairs up to the now closed (and also languishing) Angel's Knoll (set to be redeveloped into a High Rise...someday) and enjoy the Water Court, which has beautiful nighttime views of the area and lots of places to sit and eat.  The Water Court, despite being clean and attractive, is often empty on the weekends due to the weekend emptying of the financial district, and it's much easier to find seating up there than at the Market.