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More things that should be torn down in LA


Ft. Moore, sans l'eau.


Blogdowntown reports that "According to Monica Valencia, a spokesman for Councilman Ed Reyes office, $50,000 in Prop K funds will be used for a 2013 environmental study to 'assess the structural integrity of the current structure, while identifying how a project would meet Prop K guidelines.' An additional $450,000 in Prop K funds allocated for the project will be used for the restoration itself."

What a waste. The message on the wall--"hurrah, we beat the Mexicans"--is more than a little out of date, and now even hostile to half the city. It's an ugly relief, constructed in the wrong medium for a relief involving water, and it doesn't deserve to stand in the same civic derby as the great Boston Common bronze reliefs of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, et al. It is also, in part, a celebration of the Department of Water and Power, which does not deserve to be celebrated without footing a few bills of its own. The monument should simply be torn down.