Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Echo Park stories, photos and more

More of Echo Park’s Sunset Boulevard bungalows to bite the dust

Sunset Boulevard bungalows to be demolished

ECHO PARK -- Amid the stores, restaurants, bars and gas stations of Sunset Boulevard, a few small homes and bungalows still remain on the busy street. But with real estate values rising and zoning that encourages dense development along major street, time is running out for many of the remaining Sunset Boulevard bungalows.

Forget the bike; Echo Park thieves steal entire bike rack

Now you see it.....

ECHO PARK -- It's come to this - not only do you need to lock up your bike, you need to lock up your bike rack. Sometime over night one of the bike-shaped racks that were recently installed around Echo Park Lake was stolen from the southeast corner of the park, a city official said today. Not only did the black metal rack go missing, but so did the rack's pair of six-inch concrete bases that were buried in the ground.

Hollywood finally gets Echo Park film history right

The Mack Sennett plaque was restored and installed at the correct location | Council District 13

ECHO PARK - In 1954 the NBC show This Is Your Life honored film industry pioneer Mack Sennett with a plaque on the site of the Mack Sennett Studio, where such silent film stars as Charlie Chaplin, the Keystone Cops and Mabel Normand churned out slapstick comedies on what is now Glendale Boulevard. It was a nice tribute but for many decades the plaque that proclaims "THIS IS THE BIRTHPLACE OF MOTION PICTURE COMEDY" was installed at the wrong spot.

A welcome sign for cyclists at Echo Park Lake


ECHO PARK – About a dozen new bike-shaped bike racks have been installed at the entrances to Echo Park Lake. While the new racks, which include a lotus stamped into metal, will be welcome by cyclists, bikes are still not allowed on the paths circling the ...

Demo crew shows up at Echo Park development site [updated]


ECHO PARK -- Workers began tearing apart a Sunset Boulevard bungalow where there are plans to build a five-story, 31 unit apartment complex. The bungalow sits at the top of a steep, 10,000-square-foot hillside lot near Guisados restaurant in an area where several hillside bungalow courts line Sunset Boulevard.

Cactus shop blooms in Echo Park


ECHO PARK -- The lulling sounds of a Buddhist chant box invite passersby to peep inside the small store at the corner of Echo Park and Scott Avenues. Inside, in an otherworldly setting, a wild variety of cacti displayed on cinder blocks are jammed into the 350-square-foot shop, illuminated by red light bulbs that decorate the walls. Welcome to Echo Park’s cactus shop.