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I’ve been reading a lot about Los Angeles’ secret staircases lately and this one in Silver Lake nicknamed the “Music Box Steps” has just recently been named one of the world’s coolest. A notable claim for a rather unsuspecting staircase.

From what I can gather, the staircases are remnants of a period in LA’s past where these steps would lead to transit hubs (bus stops, transfer points, etc.). When public transit changed routes the staircases remained.