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New path to turn East L.A. cemetery into a fitness zone

Rendering of Calvary Cemetery Walking Path on Eastern Avenue | Courtesy L.A. County

EAST LOS ANGELES — Work is scheduled to begin next year on transforming the barren and narrow sidewalk around Calvary Cemetery into a two-mile long, shaded walking and jogging path. The $3.6 million path, part of Metro’s Eastside Access Project of transit-related improvements, will feature wider ... Read More »

East L.A. on ice

Holiday ice rink | C.J. Salgado

EAST LOS ANGELES — Residents of East L.A. got a jump start on the holidays this weekend with the opening of a temporary ice rink at the East L.A Civic Center.   Admission and skate rentals are free today (Sunday, Nov. 23) but come Monday ice ... Read More »

Can a “freeway cap” make Belvedere Park whole again?

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East Los Angeles – A large chunk of Belvedere Park was lost and the park cut in two when the 60 (Pomona) Freeway was built more than 50 years ago. Echo Park was also chopped in two by a freeway, the 101, and the 5 Freeway looms over a section of Hollenbeck Park Lake. How to undo this damage? In the case of Belevedere Park, the idea of building a “freeway cap” to help reconnect the northern and southern portions of the park has been floated in a county planning document called the East L.A. 3rd Street Specific Plan. 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 »

New school campus to preserve East L.A. murals

EAST LOS ANGELES -- With heavy construction activity beginning this month next to the Our Lady of Guadalupe murals on Mednik Avenue at Cesar Chavez Avenue , some locals are wondering, “What’s going on? Who’d mess with Our Lady! Are they covering it up? Preparing to move it? Or worse, is it going to be demolished? Read More »