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The Loma Vista Passage is what David Kimbrough calls the public stairways that make up much of Loma Vista Place as it courses up and down the steep hills of Silver Lake and the Elysian Heights section of Echo Park. The stairway and nearby streets form a hidden and almost off-road route (mapped out in in blue) between the two neighborhoods. If you don’t have the time and energy to climb and walk this route, Kimbrough, who grew up in Echo Park, put together a video montage of photos of the Loma Vista stairway as it runs underneath a canopy of trees and between bungalows. Kimbrough, who now lives in San Gabriel, said he has vivid memories of the stairs and pathways of his old neighborhood:
I grew up on Curran Street which has steps on the back side down to Valentine. It seemed that there were steps everywhere, public, private, and unknown. Sometime even today, at age 52, I dream about stairs climbing, twisting up to the sky … We ran up and down them as kids. I would walk to school along them all the time. Some of course are private and unpaved, hidden among the Arundo donax or cut into little goat paths. At the time of course I thought nothing of them, it was as natural as the blue of the sky to walk along public stairs.
The Loma Vista Passage ends about a half block west of Glendale Boulevard. But a short walk south on Glendale Boulevard quickly leads to Cove Avenue and a stairway (mapped out in red) that extends the Echo Park-Silver Lake passage up and over a hill to the Silver Lake Reservoir.