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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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Silverlake Wine owner to set up shop on Figueroa

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HIGHLAND PARK — A trio of new businesses will be landing on Figueroa Street, including a wine shop from Silver Lake and a pizza restaurant, as Highland Park’s main street continues to attract new upscale stores and restaurants. The new owners of the one-story building near ... Read More »

Cyclists and pedestrians to rule the road on Sunday between Echo Park and East L.A.

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Leave your cars and trucks at home on Sunday. Cyclists and pedestrians will take over 10 miles of streets between East Los Angeles and Echo Park for CicLAvia. It's the first-time the route ventures into Echo Park and East Los Angeles, where it generated concerns about gentrification. Motorists, however, might be more concerned about traffic congestion as streets will be closed for much of Sunday. Read More »

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 »