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Will the master plan preserve Union Station's Art Deco charm?

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Union Station, shown Jan. 17, 1998, in Los Angeles, is the last grand urban train station built in America and the only one on the West Coast. It provides a historical backdrop to the sprawling, traffic-clogged city. E.J. Flynn/AP

You'd have no trouble recognizing Union Station, even if you've never been there before. The iconic train station in downtown Los Angeles has shown up repeatedly as a striking backdrop in film and television. 

There it is in the 1950 crime drama appropriately called "Union Station," it was the setting of a pivotal court scene in last year's "Dark Knight Rising," and Fiona Apple memorably danced through the station for her "Paper Bag" video.

However, Metro — which owns Union Station — is poised to reconfigure the station. 

That has some people wondering if it will lose some of its Art Deco charm. Haley Fox of KPCC's BlogDowntown has been following proposed changes.

Public meeting:

LA Union Station Master Plan Community Workshop
Thursday, May 2, 1013
Japanese American National Museum, Aratani Central Hall
100 N. Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

This meeting is scheduled to be live-streamed from http://www.ustream.tv/channel/lausmp and will be recorded for later viewing.

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