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February 13, 2011 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
The honking you hear along Park Avenue in Echo Park isn't coming from motorists. It's just Maria the Goose, out for a spin with her friend Dominic Ehrler. Ehrler is a retired investor who was befriended by the web-footed waterfowl 10 months ago at Echo Park Lake. "When she first started following me around like a dog I got goose bumps," Ehrler said. "David Foster, one of the parks people here, finally introduced me to her. He said, 'You know you're being stalked! Her name is Maria.
December 3, 2010 | Jessica Gelt
It's late on the night before Thanksgiving, and the stretch of Sunset Boulevard through Echo Park, from Mohawk to Douglas Street, is littered with young revelers. Lines form in front of bars, including the Short Stop, the Little Joy, the Gold Room and El Prado; taco trucks and gourmet food trucks idle curbside; and laughter, shouts and the occasional breaking of glass can be heard in the apartments above the street. Ten years ago this bit of road was a no-man's land at night -- at least for the kind of hip party people that now consider the area their stamping ground.
July 12, 2010 | By Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
The Lotus Festival, Los Angeles' annual tribute to cross-cultural Asian heritage, reemerged in Echo Park this weekend after a one-year hiatus but still without one significant participant: the lotuses. The 32-year-old festival has grown over the years from a modest one-day event to a weekend-long extravaganza that has attracted as many as 150,000 people, organizers said. This year, organizers said they expected roughly 30,000 visitors. The festival, put on by the nonprofit L.A. Lotus Festival Inc. and the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, took a year off in 2009 because of the city's budget problems.
January 27, 2010 | By Jessica Gelt
Rather than being a month of new beginnings, for me January is a month of regret. Why did I eat three helpings of pecan pie after dinner for six nights in a row? Was it really a good idea to follow a martini with a glass of bourbon before popping open a bottle of Champagne? Did curing my hangover actually require a McDonald's Filet-O-Fish? Those cigarettes did nothing to curb my orgiastic appetite. So goes the inner monologue in rueful post-holiday minds across America, which is why those same minds so easily alight upon the cheerful idea of cleansing.
January 3, 2010 | By Darrell Satzman
A small town house with sweeping views in the center of a gently curving complex designed by architect Allyn E. Morris has come on the market. Built in 1973, the three-story, 44-unit Lago Vista encompasses two buildings that arc roughly 120 degrees around a hillside overlooking Echo Park's lake. The units have balconies with views of Silver Lake, the San Gabriel Mountains and downtown Los Angeles. Although not as celebrated as some of his fellow Modernists, Morris -- who died last year -- left a rich legacy of innovation by delving into the design theories of Modernist maverick Rudolph Schindler, according to architect Alan Hess, author of numerous books on architecture.
October 26, 2009 | Paloma Esquivel
They began arriving late Sunday morning, dozens of vans pulling up around the northeast corner of Echo Park Lake. Out came black trash bags overflowing with clothing. One woman spread a tarp on a strip of grass and neatly laid out children's clothes that she hoped to sell for 25 or 50 cents each. By 11 a.m., the merchants had turned Echo Park into a virtual swap meet. They displayed used clothing, VHS videos, toy trucks, dolls and baseball bats on each side of the sidewalk. One man displayed dozens of Hot Wheels.
February 22, 2009 | STEVE LOPEZ
Under ordinary circumstances, I wouldn't find a way to get porn and hunger into the same column. But when you fish for a living, you never know what you might catch. The story begins with my neighbor Hilda working out one morning at Curves, where her buddy Gloria from Echo Park tells her about a mysterious problem she's having with gay sex magazines.
December 7, 2008 | Ruben Vives
Several streets throughout the city will be shut down today for the third annual Los Angeles Half Marathon. The course for the event, set to begin at 7:30 a.m., will extend from the Los Angeles Zoo in Griffith Park to downtown. The following streets will be closed as early as 5 a.m. and will not reopen until 1 p.m.: Glendale Boulevard, Rowena Avenue, Silver Lake Boulevard, Sunset Boulevard up to Logan Street, Bellevue Avenue along Echo Park Lake, Temple Street, Figueroa Street, 2nd Street and Hill Street.
August 17, 2008 | Lynell George, Times Staff Writer
SOME places you can't find on a map. You can't reach them by plane or train -- not even by foot. Novelist Bret Lott got here, to this very spot in Echo Park, via a more oblique route: a collection of photographs, a tilting "postmodern" bluegrass melody and the nuts-and-bolts of family memory. He remembers these old houses, stucco, red tile; the spot, "over there," where the Alvarado School was. But it's quite a different experience, some 40 years later, to stand in the sharp summer sun at Echo Park Lake.
July 13, 2008 | Deborah Schoch, Times Staff Writer
It's not the Lotus Festival that's gone missing this weekend. The dragon boats are still speeding across Echo Park Lake, the drums are beating and the scent of chicken satay and papaya salad wafts through the crowds. It's the lotuses that are gone, dead after gracing the lake with their broad leaves and delicate flowers for decades. Visitors stood solemnly Saturday, alone and in small groups, gazing at the empty water as if paying their respects at a gravesite.
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