Many library patrons who entered the Edendale branch in Echo Park had become accustomed to holding their breath as they walked in off Sunset Boulevard. That’s because a long ramp for the disabled that ran up from the sidewalk had become a place for people to urinate and relieve themselves after the library had closed. In addition, the ramp, which is sheltered from the street by a large planter box, had also become an overnight home for the homeless, who would leave behind sheets of cardboard that limited access for the disabled. “It was always terribly smelly,” said branch librarian Judy Donovan. But, after years of complaints by patrons and staff, two new gates to the side of the main entrance were installed in early September to seal off the ramp. The gates are unlocked when the library is open and closed at night.
So far, said Donovan, the gates have helped keep the ramp clean, leaving patrons and staff to breathe a little easier.