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Los Angeles skyscraper slide will not reopen

Visitors could slide from the 70th floor down to the 69th floor on the glass Skyslide.
May 23rd 2021, 12:00 PM 79,045 28

A RENOVATION IS getting rid of a slide that gave thrillseekers a brief ride on the outside of a skyscraper in central Los Angeles.

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

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

Located nearly 304.8 metres above the ground, the Skyslide is a see-through enclosure 13.7 metres and made of 3.18 centimetre thick glass.

Visitors could slide from the 70th floor down 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 appealing to businesses in creative fields, the Times reported.

Skyspace closed before the pandemic and will not reopen, said Jeremy Moss, head of leasing.

“While there are examples of observation decks and tourist attractions co-existing with workspace, in this particular case I think that it was having too much of a negative impact on the experience that we wanted to create and preserve for the companies that are here,” he said.

Skyspace floors will be turned back into office space. 

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