A Walker in L.A.: Station Agent

Don’t forget to wish L.A.’s historic train depot a happy birthday

There are certain stretches of Los Angeles where my brisk stroll slows to an idle dawdle, so I can stop and take as much of Los Angeles in as possible. One of those places I can’t help slowing down for is Union Station, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. The grand train depot is one of my favorite places in the city, not just for the gorgeous 1930s architecture, but for the people-watching as well. Every time I walk through its dramatic hallways I can feel the history echoing all around me. Standing here, in the old ticket concourse, it’s not that hard to imagine passengers arriving in L.A. more than seven decades ago after days spent on the rails, taking in their first glimpse of California sunshine.

Alissa Walker is a writer, a gelato eater, and a walker in L.A. She shares an experience from her adventures around town at CityThink each Wednesday. Follow her daily on Instagram at @awalkerinLA, on Twitter, or at her blog, and use the hashtag #betteroffped to share your own photographs of walking in L.A.