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March 2, 2008
I have lived in Silver Lake, one block west of the reservoir, for more than 30 years ("Keep Off the Grass," by Christopher Hawthorne, Watch This Space, Feb. 3). I've seen traffic increase dramatically in that time. Hawthorne suggests that opening a 3-acre section of meadow would somehow solve our city's need for more open space. He ignores the fact that there is a fully functioning park at the south end of the reservoir. And Griffith Park, with its 4,000-plus acres, is nearby. Hawthorne also states that visitors will not be ". . . hiding spray-paint cans under their hoodies."
April 2, 1989 | Hanger is president of the Silver Lake Residents Assn. and
This is just to tell you how much we enjoyed the article on Silver Lake by Evelyn De Wolfe (March 12). It's strange to live in a community for over 20 years and then have someone write such a good article that one sees the area with new and more interested eyes. We take so much for granted. ALITA L. HANGER Los Angeles
July 8, 2004 | David A. Keeps, Special to The Times
Silver Lake may be a straight shot east from the design district of Beverly Boulevard, but what a difference a ZIP Code makes. With new arrivals joining expanded businesses near Effie Street, Silver Lake Boulevard has become an upscale detour for Sunset Boulevard thrift shoppers and a destination for trend-setting decorators. The shops maintain schedules that are as relaxed as the atmosphere, so call ahead.
So that there's no false advertising here, Silver Lake isn't really either. The bluish reservoir, built in 1907, was named for Herman Silver, a member of L.A.'s Board of Water Commissioners. The neighborhood surrounding it is, like so many in L.A., an area that its residents adore and most others couldn't find on a map. (It's about five miles north of downtown L.A., couched between the 101 and 5 freeways.
March 17, 2014 | By Carren Jao
 A sliver of a yard can be a powerful thing. Materials & Applications has proved this time and again by collaborating with architects to put up fantastical creations on a 25-by-40-foot gravel yard fronting Silver Lake Boulevard. Past double-take-worthy installations include a golden-leafed Mylar canopy in the shape of a black hole by Ball-Nogues Studio, a motorized vegetative cover that opens and refolds like origami by Eddie Sykes and a sinuous, fire-shaped gazebo made of pressure-laminated panels by Edmund Ming-Yip Kwong.
November 28, 2013 | By Ben Welsh and Thomas Suh Lauder, Los Angeles Times
Crime reports are up significantly for the latest week in 10 L.A. neighborhoods, according to an analysis of Los Angeles Police Department data by the Los Angeles Times' Crime L.A. database . Six neighborhoods reported a significant increase in violent crime. Silver Lake (A) was the most unusual, recording three reports compared with a weekly average of 0.5 over the last three months. Toluca Lake (G) topped the list of four neighborhoods with property crime alerts.
April 17, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein
An abandoned item appearing to be a pressure or rice cooker led a Los Angeles Police Department bomb squad to respond Wednesday to a Ralph's parking lot in Silver Lake. LAPD Officer Christopher No confirmed that the bomb squad responded to the 2500 block Glendale Boulevard near Fletcher Avenue about 12:20 p.m. after a suspicious package was found in the grocery store parking lot. No did not characterize the nature of the item, but in aerial video still from KTLA, it appeared to be some kind of houseware such as a pressure cooker or rice cooker.
May 10, 2009 | Catherine Ho
What began as a communal living experiment in postwar California would become a model for low-cost urban housing and the innovative use of small spaces. Gregory Ain's historic Avenel Cooperative Housing Project in Silver Lake today has a corner unit for sale. Ain, the notable Modernist architect, completed the 10-unit complex in 1947 for 10 couples who each chipped in about $11,000 to build a housing project that would promote communal living.
September 6, 2012 | By Russ Parsons
D.J. Olsen, formerly the chef at Lou Wine Bar, is getting back into the cooking business. He says he's going to be the chef at the new Black Cat at Sunset Junction in Silver Lake, which is scheduled to open in early October. During his six-year tenure at Lou, Olsen earned a reputation for deceptively simple, deeply flavorful food based on whatever he found at the most recent farmers market. Indeed, Olsen and his pushcart were such familiar sights at the Wednesday Santa Monica market, that some may have mistakenly thought he worked there.
June 5, 2010 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
Contradictions fly along Hyperion Avenue when the Birdman of Silver Lake takes wing. Rik Martino rolls his wobbly cart with two mismatched wheels to the corner of Tracy Street and stops at Baller Hardware to buy two 20-pound bags of True Value Wild Bird Food. More than 30 years after arriving from his native Italy, the 58-year-old actor is still looking for his big-screen break. Square-jawed and body-builder muscular, Martino views himself as more Al Pacino than Jean-Claude Van Damme.
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