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August 28, 2013
Re “Echo Park and its gangs,” Editorial, Aug. 18 As a 20-year plus resident of Echo Park, I wonder why a gang injunction is being proposed now? The early 1990s maybe, but now? I have always felt safe in this neighborhood. We walked our daughters to elementary school for nine years, communing with the same crossing guard, local vendors and neighbors. I have walked the lake for all these years, getting to know the regulars, including Maria (or Mario) the goose. Part of the beauty of the neighborhood is its diversity.
August 7, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
Ever since Echo Park Lake was closed two years ago for a $20-million face lift, I've been dreaming of what it would be like to have a real cafe in the park. Promises had been made that when the park reopened, its early-20th-century boathouse would serve food and coffee. That day has now dawned. During my morning run (OK, it was more like a fast walk), I passed the boathouse and was excited to see a smattering of tables out front with a few people eating sandwiches served on simple cardboard trays.
August 5, 2013 | By Randall Roberts
Superhumanoids have been booting-up in Los Angeles for the past half-decade, gradually earning a vocal, devoted fan base through gigs at the usual Silver Lake and Echo Park indie hangouts and prepping "Exhibitionists," its debut album. A warm album that draws heavily from the 1980s tones of Human League, the modern-day future disco of the "Drive" soundtrack and synthetic R&B, "Exhibitionists" at its best delivers memorable, singalong dance-pop that feels one placement in "Girls," "True Blood" or an Apple ad away from a breakout.
July 19, 2013 | Charles Fleming
For the last two years, Echo Park Lake has been hidden behind chain link and plastic tarp. Now, after a makeover, the fountains are flowing, the water is clear, the lotuses are back and people are using the park. The space is the urban gem its designers imagined more than a century ago, when nearby Angelino Heights was one of the city's premier addresses. 1. Start walking from the corner of Glendale Boulevard and Park Avenue, and find your way to the wide paved pathway that circles the lake.
July 13, 2013 | By Andrew Khouri
Just north of downtown Los Angeles, skinny homes on tiny lots are sprouting from the hillsides - a building boom of miniature proportions. The rectangular structures come in clusters of six or 15, or even 70, and developers are racing to build them in trendy Silver Lake and Echo Park. They're eyeing younger home buyers who crave hip cafes and proximity to work but don't want a sky-high condo or a Craftsman bungalow. The so-called small-lot homes speak to a growing desire for a more compact and walkable Los Angeles, while still clinging to the single-family ideal that spread outward from downtown over the last century.
June 21, 2013 | By August Brown, Los Angeles Times
The Bring Your Own Vinyl night at Mom's Bar in West L.A. is just a few weeks old, but already it's got regulars feeling like superstar DJs. "My favorite reaction was a guy who brought in his favorite record, and he told me how special it felt when he saw a bunch of girls dancing to it," said Justin Nijm, a bartender at Mom's and the night's founder. "That's a surefire way to meet someone. " The Westside has long been a lonely frontier for indie-leaning music fans, who were dealt another blow with the recent closing of Central S.A.P.C.
June 15, 2013 | By Carlos Lozano
After a two-year, $45-million makeover, Echo Park Lake will reopen to the public Saturday morning with a ceremony that will include Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti. The festivities are scheduled from 10 a.m. until noon. The park is located in the 1700 block of Park Avenue. The lake was completely drained and cleaned before being refilled and restocked with plants. A clay liner was installed to reduce water leakage through the lake bottom. The 29-acre lake was originally built in the 1860s as a reservoir for drinking water.
June 15, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
Hundreds of Angelenos turned out Saturday to celebrate and welcome back Echo Park Lake after a $45-million, two-year renovation. They photographed its new beds of lotus plants, climbed its playground equipment and marveled at the clarity of the lake water, which used to be a notoriously dark stew of toxic runoff. “It was the heart of Echo Park, but it was in need of a triple bypass,” Los Angeles Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti said at a morning ceremony marking the lake's and park's formal reopening.
June 15, 2013 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
What do you do when an old friend undergoes an expensive and major surgery, remains in seclusion for two years and now is stripping off most of the bandages? In the case of Echo Park Lake, hundreds of Angelenos turned out Saturday to celebrate and welcome back the beloved body of water and surrounding parklands after a $45-million, two-year renovation. They ambled down retopped pathways, photographed new beds of lotus plants, climbed playground equipment and marveled at the clarity of the lake water, which used to be a notoriously dark stew of toxic runoff.
June 15, 2013 | By Vincent Boucher
It's Thursday night, and in the West Hollywood Recreation Center, it's pandemonium. On the court, Hit It and Quit It faces off against Scissor Me Timbers. Again and again, they charge back and forth in waves, rallying and hooting. Cheesy '80s anthems like "Danger Zone" and "Dude Looks Like a Lady" blare over the speakers but can barely be heard over the din as almost 80 players do battle. Their weapon? Just a bright 7-inch-diameter soft foam ball. The game is dodgeball, and it has come a long way from its discomfiting past on elementary school playgrounds.
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