ECHO PARK — One of the Eastside’s uniques traffic hazards — Baxter Street between Allesandro and Alvarado streets — gets a write-up and some history in LA Weekly.
The street takes a 32-degree angle straight up from Allesandro to Alvarado. At the apex, the bottoms of many vehicle scrape the pavement and have even become stranded at the top. Even a tour on YouTube can be disorienting. While the story focuses on a block long stretch of Baxter, the same street climbs up and down several steep slopes in Echo Park and Silver Lake.
The author of the article, Daniel Ralston, recounts how he himself ended up dealing with that street a couple of times since moving to L.A.:
“I’m going downhill fast and all I can hear in my head is my mechanic, Mark, saying, ‘You should replace the brake pads soon…'”
The street has served as a film set over the decades. Early automakers, for example, would hold demonstrations that their autos and trucks could climb Baxter. More recently, a viral video of professional skateboarder Don “Nuge” Nguyen surviving the steep, cracked streets on his skateboard.
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