This past February, we saw the exciting newly designed canopies (renderings) that will be installed at many of our subway portals in Los Angeles, giving our fledgling subway network a stronger identity in a city still dominated by automobiles. Many people have complained about the lack of a strong visual marker for our metro stations that are easily missed if you aren’t a familiarized and regular transit user. One of the first stations to get these new canopies in Downtown LA is in the Civic Center.
The new Civic Center metro canopy is a welcome design enhancement that complements the new Grand Park — both catering to pedestrians. There are two portals for the Civic Center station, but only the one within the actual Grand Park has received this new canopy treatment so far. I assume that after this one is completed, the other portal will get the same new canopy.