The stairway that zigzags up a hill from Bellevue Avenue and Glendale Boulevard west of Echo Park Lake is not a pretty sight, with the steps and handrails covered in graffiti and tires and other trash filling planter boxes. Making matters worse, the stairway, a handy short cut from Belmont Street on the hill above to Echo Park Lake below, had been left in darkness for several months after a trio of lights went out. A nearby Echo Park resident named Cameron said he had submitted two requests via the city’s website to get the lights repaired but he had received no response. The darkness has made a bad situation worse, said Cameron in an email last week:
Since it is so dark a lot of shady things go on there at night. Lately there’s been people smoking weed there almost every night, and sometimes I see men lurking behind trees … We’ve lived here since December of last year, and have grown tired of the scary passage from Belmont to Glendale Blvd.
The Eastsider contacted the city’s Bureau of Street Lighting on Tuesday to find out what was going on. Later that day, a crew appeared to start fixing the lights. A bureau spokesman said the broken Bellevue stair lights were “on our schedule to repair.” On Wednesday night, two of the three lights were working (the third, which had suffered major damage, had been removed for now).
Cameron reports that his wife had spoken to the workers, who said they would be finished in a few days. “They said that they just fixed them 8 months ago.”
Of course, the light now reveals the broken glass, litter and graffiti on the stairs. But those are projects left to be taken care for another day.