Community Cleanup Will 'Give Love' to LA's Historic Staircases

Councilman hosts the public cleanup in honor of LA's "original stairmaster"

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    Outdoor public stairways such as these, at the top of Berendo Street in Los Feliz, are the subject of a cleanup campaign.

    Los Angeles residents can give some love to the city's historic staircases at a public cleanup in the Silver Lake, Los Feliz and Franklin Hills neighborhoods on Saturday.

    City Councilman Tom LaBonge, who represents the Fourth District and lives in Silver Lake, will host the staircase cleanup on Saturday to beautify some of the steps that hold his childhood memories.

    "As a child, we would walk the public stairs," LaBonge said. "Now, some of the stairs need love because there is limited maintenance."

    The event will open with a reading by Charles Fleming, who wrote "Secret Stairs: A Walking Guide to the Historic Staircases of Los Angeles," a book LaBonge credits as helping residents explore the city.

    "This cleanup will honor the author," LaBonge said. "Our public stairs are being rediscovered thanks to this book, and I see people walking the stairs by my house with it."

    Participants are told to meet at 9 a.m. at the top of Radio Walk at Franklin Avenue and Radio Street in Franklin Hills (map). LaBonge said the cleanup is expected to be finished around noon.

    He added that he would like to make the cleanup a regular occurrence, and he hopes the community will come out to salute what he calls "the original stairmasters."

    "When you get lost and found in LA, you’re a better person," LaBonge said. "Some people get lost looking at these little treasures like the stairs, but when they’re found, they have a treasure to share."

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