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Friday, March 27, 2015

Eastsider on the Go

Temple Street development chases after Silver Lake cafe society

New apartment building rising on Temple Street south of Silver Lake

HISTORIC FILIPINOTOWN -- A new, block-long apartment building now rising on Temple Street is one of several new and proposed residential projects that are seeking tenants priced out of Silver Lake and Echo Park. But the coffee houses, Pilates studios and vegan-friendly restaurants found a few blocks north are in short supply on Temple.

Final sale at the Silver Lake Ralphs

Silver Lake Ralphs Closing

SILVER LAKE -- The Silver Lake Ralphs is scheduled to close on Sunday, March 15. But, judging from the vast stretches of empty shelves and display cases, the end might come sooner than expected for the Glendale Boulevard store. In fact, one manager told a shopper that the store could close earlier than scheduled if the inventory runs out.

A bleak picture of Boyle Heights murals

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BOYLE HEIGHTS -- The murals of Boyle Heights wrap around the facades of storefronts and public housing projects and pop up in alleyways and churches. But while there has been much effort in preserving and repairing existing murals, there has been little in the way of major new work, prompting Boyle Heights Beat to say a revival in murals has skipped over Boyle Heights.

A child of China’s Cultural Revolution now showing her true colors in Highland Park

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HIGHLAND PARK -- Artist Quan Sun’s favorite color is yellow, but not just any yellow, more like sunshine. She associates it with empress garb and joy. Vibrancy and color were not always part of Sun’s artwork, which is now hanging in her daughter’s gallery, Boney Puppy off of York Boulevard Growing up in China during the Cultural Revolution, Sun was limited in her choices and bold colors were considered rude.

Silver Lake Farmers Market vendors see less green as competition grows

Fresh produce on sale at the Silver Lake Farmers Market | Lucy Guanuna

SILVER LAKE -- Saturday mornings usually finds Lupe Esquivel at the Silver Lake Farmers Market, where she has run Anna’s Family Farm vegetable stand for the past four years. While the market draws a crowd, Esquivel says business has been tough. “Sales have dropped down,” said Esquival, who has had to mark down prices to attract customers. “We aren’t making as much as we used to.” The same holds true for many other vendors.

New Highland Park coffee house pops up in an unexpected spot

Workers prepping the new Tierra Mia for opening day

HIGHLAND PARK -- While new shops and restaurants have flocked to York Boulevard and Figueroa Street, Monte Vista Street has remained a sleepy side street of homes, churches and a few shops. But the opening today of Tierra Mia, a Latino-themed coffee house, might signal the arrival of other newcomers to the narrow street.