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Stolen glass/Room 8/Asteroid

In November, I mentioned my favorite fence in Echo Park. It's on Lemoyne, south of Baxter. One of those streets where folks walk up the hill to reach the front door one one side of the hill and, on the other, you either enter at ground level or walk down some steps. The green plywood fence is painted green, on the upside of the hill, with a platform built for maintenance, I suppose. Various shapes are sawed out of the plywood, and those were filled with stained glass. There were also metal butterflies and ships, all kinds of weird, sweet decoration. I say "were" because someone has stolen the glass. After I heard from the new owner, Jonathan Williams, who told me about the theft, I drove up to the house and saw the holes where the glass used to be. Triangles, circles and other shapes. A few pieces of glass had been left intact. But mostly it was just holes, and the green plywood, which is leaning and seems somehow to have lost its dignity. I walked around to the driveway of the property and peeked behind the fence. A new house is being built there. It's a shell right now, a new shell inside of an old one.

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