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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Echo Park stories, photos and more

What’s in store for Echo Park’s bar-cade?

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ECHO PARK -- From Venice to Downtown L.A., architects Rebecca Rudolph and Catherine Johnson have created some memorable and award winning restaurants spaces. Now, their firm, called Design, Bitches, is working to turn a former Sunset Boulevard Shoe Warehouse store into a bar-cade, a combination bar, restaurant and vintage video arcade.

New permit-parking district in the works for Echo Park

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ECHO PARK -- With the growing popularity of Sunset Boulevard as a place to shop, dine and drink, there's also been an increase in complaints from residents about a parking crunch and more traffic on nearby residential streets. That's why Councilman Mitch O'Farrell has requested that the Department of Transportation establish a temporary permit parking district for some streets northwest of Sunset and Alvarado.

Man injured in Echo Park shooting

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ECHO PARK - A 24-year-old man suffered a superficial gunshot wound Tuesday night after a passenger emerged from a dark-colored vehicle and opened fire before fleeing with the victim's bike, police said. Read More »

Edendale post office gets a touch up

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ECHO PARK -- Workers this week are giving the shabby-looking Edendale post office, which serves much of Echo Park and Silver Lake, a new coat of white paint and repairing the panels that had peeled off the walls and left to dangle off the side of the Alvarado Street building for several months. It's a relatively minor makeover but any improvement is welcome.

Don’t expect any bargains shopping for an Echo Park Avenue storefront

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ECHO PARK -- The red-brick Del Mor apartment building - aka Grafton Lofts - serves as the retail hub of Echo Park Avenue, with its ground floor tenants selling everything from coffee and organic veggies to hair cuts and evening gowns. Now, one of those spaces, left vacant by shoe designer Beatrice Valencia, has come up for rent. But prepare to pay a big price for this small piece of Echo Park Avenue store frontage.

Echo Park’s Jumbo Bargain ringing up last sale

Final sale coming for Jumbo Bargain | Cecillia Padilla-Brill

ECHO PARK -- With tiny homes selling for more than $700,000 and coffee going for $4 a cup, there are few bargains to be found in Echo Park these days. And it looks like deals are only going to grow more scarce now that Jumbo Bargain, a discount store located at 1555 Sunset Blvd., is scheduled to shut its doors in April, coin-operated Kermit car and all.

Monday Blues at Echo Park Lake

Blue fountain at Echo Park Lake | Stephen Roullier

ECHO PARK -- Stephen Roullier looked out his window at Echo Park Lake this morning and noticed something unusual - the fountain in the middle of the lake was spouting Dodger Blue-colored water. Is this photo for real? Yes, it is, said Roullier of the Tidy Bowl-Blue gusher.