Curbed LA has launched its annual Curbed Cup to select the area’s best neighborhood. Echo Park and Glendale are pitted against each other in the first round. Some random commonalities and differences between the two places:
* The Jensen’s Recreation Center, built in Echo Park in 1924 by Henry Jensen, was declared a city landmark and is being restored. Glendale’s Palace Grand Theater and Shops, built in 1914 by the same man, was torn down for a skyscraper and a California Pizza Kitchen.
* Glendale Boulevard runs through Echo Park. Echo Park residents run away from Glendale’s Americana.
I think you may know how the Eastsider is voting. But things are already getting ugly in Curbed’s comment section:
“In 3 years, once unemployment/crime/graffiti/fear start to peak, there are going to be a lot of Echo Park residents wishing they’d bought in Glendale. Those three trendy boutiques, four trendy restaurants and two trendy bars aren’t going to be much compensation, especially when half of them close.”