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Grand Avenue skyscrapers

A few quick snaps taken along Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles one evening this week. Didn't have much time so put on the wide-angle lens and looked for a few interesting shapes. I converted to black and white since there wasn't much color in any of the scenes -- and, as my friend Jeff says, "everything is better in black and white." Jeff is Very Old School :)

This is a popular stretch of road with photographers -- in particular because the Frank Gehry designed Walt Disney Hall is down the street. 

It's a weird road. Grand Avenue sits atop Bunker Hill and has some of downtown's tallest buildings, yet it feels separate from the rest of downtown, which is literally on lower ground. And Grand Avenue -- like many other roads in L.A. -- is a big, wide thoroughfare that feels as if it was built more to accommodate cars than people. Even though there are usually people around, it feels unpeopled -- especially after 5 p.m. when the workers have migrated back to the 'burbs and only the out-of-towners and perhaps a few wayward Angelenos are still around. 

Here's one plaza at the obscenely late hour of 5:30 p.m. on a Wednesday: 

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