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The 'Hidden Staircases' of the Hollywood Bowl

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There is something so completely odd, yet refreshing, about running up and down the stairs at the Hollywood Bowl during daytime hours. In a place you're used to sharing with 17,000 other people, being there completely alone--not even a security guard in sight--made us realize that this is one of Hollywood's biggest secrets (Read Part 1 of this series, The Hidden Staircases of Hollywood Heights, which are right next door).

It's not like running stairs is some unpopular activity in Los Angeles. In Santa Monica, residents are in uproar at how crowded their famous stairs and nearby medians get with exercisers. In Echo Park and Silver Lake, one man has made a whole walking tour of those neighborhood staircases. Over at the Hollywood Bowl, next to one of the densest parts of the city, it can be utterly dead.

The little known fact is this: Hollywood Bowl is actually an LA County Regional Park that is leased to the LA Phil for programming. But since there is a little thing called an "off-season" and since concerts are not happening all day long, it's still the public's space for their use as they see fit.