Downtown L.A. intersection may be named 'Ray Bradbury Square'
The Los Angeles City Council is considering a proposal to name the downtown intersection of Fifth and Flower street “Ray Bradbury Square” as a tribute to the late science fiction writer who called Los Angeles and its libraries home.
On Tuesday, the council was to consider a motion from Councilman Jose Huizar that would affix Bradbury’s name to the corner where the city’s Central Library sits. The item was continued to Sept. 18.
Bradbury, who died at the age of 91 in June, penned more than 27 novels and story collections. Most famous for "The Martian Chronicles," "Fahrenheit 451," "Dandelion Wine" and "Something Wicked This Way Comes," Bradbury has frequently been credited with elevating the often-maligned reputation of science fiction. Some say he single-handedly helped to move the genre into the realm of literature.
He was also a beloved figure in Los Angeles, where he was a regular at bookstore readings and an enthusiastic supporter of local theater and libraries.
Huizar’s motion said Bradbury had “a special connection to Downtown Los Angeles” adding that he “was known to do his writing on public typewriters in the Central Library.”
"In recognition of Ray Bradbury's remarkable career and service to the cultural life of the City, it is appropriate that the City honor his memory by naming the intersection of 5th Street and Flower Street as 'Ray Bradbury Square,' " the motion said.
-- Matt Stevens and David Zahniser
Photo: Ray Bradbury in 1997. Credit: Steve Castillo / Associated Press