Regarding the future of Library Square, and especially the impact of traffic needs on the Spanish Steps, I share Sam Hall Kaplan's concern. Has any consideration been given to tunneling 5th Street between Grand and Flower? Fifth St. rises substantially from Olive to a high point almost directly in front of the library and then drops again as it approaches Flower and Figueroa streets.
A vehicle tunnel would result in an almost flat street and allow the Spanish Steps to descend onto a pedestrian area in front of the library.
I suppose the costs of such a project are enormous, but in view of the importance of the library complex to Los Angeles, and with a presence that could span centuries, it is an alternative that should not be dismissed lightly.
DENNIS W. KEMPER