March 6, 2014 |
A long-vacant office tower in a complex on Sunset Boulevard designed decades ago by famed Los Angeles architect William Pereira is being transformed into an upscale 96-unit apartment building known as the Elysian. The sparsely occupied stretch of Sunset on the eastern edge of Echo Park was perhaps best known as the office headquarters of the Metropolitan Water District, which provides drinking water to six southern California counties, until it moved downtown in 1994. The tower has been vacant since the MWD moved, said Leonard Hill, a partner at Linear City Development.
February 6, 2014
Re "Locos no longer locals," Feb. 4 As The Times notes in its article about gentrification and gangs in Echo Park, L.A. City Atty. Mike Feuer did address the Greater Echo Park Elysian Neighborhood Council (of which I am a member) on the subject of supporting a gang injunction. What the article doesn't report is that the council voted against the injunction. Seeing this as an attempt by developers to market the community as "hipster ready" to potential buyers, the council was convinced that the injunction promised great harm, including racial profiling and guilty-by-association policing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2014 |
Sgt. Victor Arellano drove slowly through the hills of Echo Park, cruising by the places where he had seen the guys hanging out in the past. There was the market painted bright yellow with large green letters spelling out "BEER WINE" and the hidden staircase nearby. The graffitied stretch of pavement along Preston Avenue and the house where a known gangster lives. A few hours into his evening shift and the LAPD gang officer still hadn't spotted any members of the Echo Park Locos.
HOME & GARDEN
February 1, 2014 |
1. Ouli , 1505 ½ Echo Park Ave., www.ouli.us 2. Beatrice Valenzuela , 1547 Echo Park Ave., (213) 986-8914, www.beatricevalenzuela.com 3. Cookbook , 1549 Echo Park Ave., (213) 250-1900, www.cookbookla.com 4. Chango , 1559 Echo Park Ave., (213) 977-9161, www.changoechopark.com 5. Valerie Echo Park , 1665 Echo Park Ave., (213) 250-9365, www.valerieconfections.com 6. Neighborhood Salon , 1838 Echo Park Ave., (323) 284-8609, www.neighborhoodsalon.net 7. Echo Park Pottery/Peter Shire Studio , 1850 Echo Park Ave., (323)
HOME & GARDEN
February 1, 2014 |
Like the Echo Park Lake that reopened last June, the neighborhood surrounding Echo Park Avenue has experienced a sense of renewal with the addition of several new retail stores and restaurants. "We're in a golden moment right now because the neighborhood has changed, but not too much," said artist Peter Shire, who has lived north of Sunset Boulevard for more than 60 years and worked there for several decades. Chango and Fix Coffee have been joined by chef Miles Thompson's restaurant and bar Allumette and the new tea house and retail space Valerie Echo Park from popular pastry chef Valerie Gordon of Valerie Confections.
January 16, 2014 |
In 2013, films such as "The Wolf of Wall Street," "Spring Breakers" and "Pain & Gain" showed us the corrupting power of cash. The just-scraping-by stress articulated by New York rock band the Parquet Courts, on the other hand, captures the souls who just can't get a break - a soundtrack for twenty- and thirtysomethings who graduated college and have found dead-end jobs rather than a career. There's humor, but it isn't always pretty. Stoned, starving and facing a meal that's little more than a bag of Swedish Fish, the souls that populate the Parquet Courts' most recent full-length, "Light Up Gold," are all on a mission of sorts, but what they're searching for often isn't clear.