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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Eastsider on the Go

Pay Up Or Move Out: Echo Park and Silver Lake business owners have few options as rents jump

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From corner groceries in Echo Park to hair salons in Silver Lake, many small business owners have either moved out, closed down or paid up as rents have spiked. Since the city’s rent control laws don’t apply to commercial space, business tenants without a lease are at the mercy of landlords, who can raise the rent as much as they want to take advantage of gentrifying shopping and commercial strips. Read More »

Five Questions for Elysian Valley Artist Michael Todd on the eve of the Frogtown Art Walk

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ELYSIAN VALLEY -- You could call Michael Todd one of the unofficial founding fathers of the Frogtown art scene; Todd moved into his studio off Ripple Avenue near the Los Angeles River more than 30 years ago and has seen this working-class area morph from factories and warehouses into a burgeoning art community with studios, galleries and work spaces — albeit still tinged with the down-to-earth neighborhood grittiness. Read More »

The bar and grill – Highland Park style

HIGHLAND PARK — While York Boulevard is evolving at neck-breaking speed, Highland Park’s other main drag, Figueroa Street, has seen slower change. Still, along with some of the best carnitas and juice places in town, new concepts have steadily emerged on Fig—Good Girl Dinette has been ... Read More »