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Is Silver Lake’s Rowena road diet a disaster?

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SILVER LAKE — It’s been more than two years since a nearly mile-long section of Rowena was put a on a “road diet” that left the street with only two traffic lanes instead of four. The reduction of lanes for cars and trucks has made congestion worse, and conditions have not improved, according to some residents. Last week, Public Works Commissioner Matt Szabo called that Rowena road diet “a bit of a disaster.”

Big election-day win for charter schools; the challenges facing newly elected 4th District Councilman David Ryu

View From Debs Park | Del Camp/Instagram

MORNING REPORT: Ref Rodriguez will become the first charter school leader to sit on the L.A. school board after his election-day victory. Rodriguez’ District 5 school board seat includes Eastside schools ... After defeating City Hall veteran Carolyn Ramsay in the Council District 4 election, can winner David Ryu live up to his outsider stance and vision? .... Artists needed for Highland Park Utility Box Art Project. Boulevard Sentinel

Atwater Village fixer sells for $500k; tiny Highland Park bungalow sells for $810 per square-foot; reality TV condo goes for $595k in Echo Park

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This roundup of recent Eastside home sales is big on tiny homes going for lots of money. A 654-square-foot Highland Park bungalow sold for $530,000, which is a staggering $810 per square-foot; and a 740-square-foot bungalow sold in Silver Lake for $672,500. Be sure to check out the interior design on the Echo Park condo that sold for $595,000; it was featured on Bravo's reality show "Interior Therapy" with Jeff Lewis.

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Search for suspected vandal shuts down East L.A. freeway; performance art along the L.A. River

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Morning Report: The 710 Freeway was shut down in East L.A. and several schools were locked down on Thursday during the search for a vandalism suspect ... Performance art is being used to attract attention and support for an undeveloped piece of L.A. River parkland in Glassell Park ... Bloggers don’t live on comments alone! Support the Eastsider today with a Reader Sponsorship

Strong Home Sales Continue At RiverPark

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Enthusiasm about the new models at RiverPark has been overwhelming — with half the homes in Phase One already sold! Consumers appreciate how spacious, airy and livable these single-family detached and paired homes feel, with easy entertainment flow and high-caliber finishes throughout.

Fundraiser launched to rescue a Mount Washington mural

Tagging has obscured most of themural | Photo by Martha Benedict

MOUNT WASHINGTON -- Just one eye of a Native American looks out behind the barrage of tagging covering the Southwest Museum Mural on Marmion Way. Artist Daniel Cervantes and a team of volunteers spent about a year working on the nearly 150-foot long mural, which was dedicated in 2004. Now, a fundraiser is being held to raise at least $20,000 to restore and maintain the artwork.

Northeast L.A. students take a walk in the past lane

Ranchero-era fashion statement Sophia Aguilar and Natalia Romero | Brenda Rees

HIGHLAND PARK -- At Ramona Hall, eighth graders from Arroyo Seco Museum Science Magnet School were practicing their lines and testing their delivering. After all, show time was only days away. While costumes and props were in place, some adrenal jitters needed to be worked out during this rehearsal. The upcoming show, however, was not a theatrical performance, but rather a shared educational experience.

Echo Park’s Cuban Music Festival left without a place to dance

New grass was planted around Echo Park Lake in 2013

ECHO PARK -- Every May for about the past two decades the Presencia Cubana - aka the Cuban Music Festival - at Echo Park Lake has filled the park with the sights and rhythms of Cuban culture. But not this year. Organizers have cancelled the festival, blaming Councilman Mitch O'Farrell and the Recreation & Parks Department for imposing new regulations that prevent the installation of a dance floor on the grass.

Sweet Glassell Park Traditional With Studio Open This Sunday

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Home Sweet Home in Perfect NELA Location! Delightful 2/1 Traditional Cottage with Detached Guest Studio AND 2 car garage ready for your finishing touches! Warm and light-filled living room features beautiful hardwood floors, gas fireplace, high ceilings, and bay window–charming and spacious ...

Police pursuit ends in Lincoln Heights; Tour of California to ride through NELA

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MORNING REPORT: Police captured a carjacking suspect suspect in Lincoln Park after a pursuit that began in Alhambra ... Riders on the AMGEN Tour of California are scheduled to pass through Lincoln Heights, Cypress Park, Mount Washington, Highland Park and Eagle Rock on Sunday morning as they travel from Downtown L.A. to Pasadena ... Sunday Shorts: The Eastsider welcomes submissions of fiction and creative non-fiction in written, video or audio form. Sunday Shorts

What’s going on at the former MJ’s gay bar in Silver Lake?

The new look of the former MJ's in Silver Lake

SILVER LAKE -- It's been more than a year since the dance floor went dark and the Go-Go Boys stopped gyrating after MJ's, one of Silver Lake's last gay bars, closed up early last year. Since then, the owners have remained quiet about what's planned for the Hyperion Avenue venue while construction has been on and off during the past year However, construction has resumed, and it looks like MJ's is getting a major makeover.

Learn the craft of timber framing at an Off The Saw workshop in Echo Park

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Off The Saw will be hosting a timber framing intensive workshop in Echo Park. Timber framing is a traditional construction technique that joints heavy, squared-off timbers with large wooden pegs. Samuel Moyer of Samuel Moyer Furniture will lead students in building a timber frame guest house that will be constructed and installed in Echo Park.

Speaking in code with computer science prize winners America and Penelope Lopez

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LINCOLN HEIGHTS -- Growing up in the Ramona Gardens housing projects twins America and Penelope Lopez did not know what computer science was, let alone coding languages like Python or Ruby. In January America and Penelope took home the top prize from the Women in Tech Challenge in Las Vegas, where they participated in a 24-hour hackathon, designing a body camera application that includes face-recognition technology.

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