ECHO PARK — The Crosby Stairs have long been a popular target for taggers, who have left their markings on the concrete steps, metal hand rails and even nearby tree trunks. But the more than 80 steps that rise up from Laguna Avenue near Echo Park Lake are now covered in something else. Words. Lots of them, including quotes from William Mulholland and Frank Lloyd Wright; lines from Raymond Chandler and John Fante novels; movie dialogue from Jane Fonda; fun facts about Los Angeles and pleas to keep the city clean. While some might find the literary and historical L.A. references preferable to the usual tagging, some neighbors are not pleased.
Said one resident:
I think it’s hideous. Although the stairway had some tagging and is often generally pretty trashy, the person who did this is just on some ego trip, obviously. Frankly I’d worry about their safety – if the taggers find out their identity he/she might be in for some trouble. it’s one thing to paint out tagging… This is really tagging on top of someone else’s tag. Whoever did this is pretty naive.”
Who ever is responsible began writing on the Crosby stairs about a week ago and has been adding to more lines and details ever since. In Silver Lake, meanwhile, more poetry has been stamped on the Micheltorena Stairway in Silver Lake. Will more stairway verses keep cropping up or will graffiti clean up crews have the last word?