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The thrill is gone: Los Angeles skyscraper slide won’t reopen to Los Angeles visitors Los Angeles Times

A renovation will remove a slide that gave thrill seekers a brief ride outside of a downtown Los Angeles skyscraper.

The new owner of the US Bank Tower will remove the Skyslide and Skyspace public observation deck, the Los Angeles Times reported on Friday.

The slide and bridge opened in 2016 with the idea of ​​making the tower a tourist attraction.

Located nearly 304.8 meters above the ground, the Skyslide is a transparent enclosure 13.7 meters long and 1.25 inch thick (3.18 cm) glass. Visitors could slide from the 70th floor to the 69th floor.

Developer Silverstein Properties bought the US Bank Tower last year for $ 430 million and plans to spend $ 60 million on upgrades to make it more attractive to businesses in the creative fields, the Times reported.

Skyspace closed before the pandemic and will not reopen, rental manager Jeremy Moss said.

“While there are examples of observation decks and tourist attractions coexisting with the workspace, in this particular case I think it impacted too negatively on the experience we wanted to create and preserve. for the companies that are here, ”he mentioned.

The Skyspace floors will be converted into offices.

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