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Skeletons, complaints and delays haunt renovation of former Rampart police station

The renovation of the former Rampart station is running behind schedule

HISTORIC FILIPINOTOWN -- The conversion of the former Rampart Division police station into the stylish new headquarters for the SWAT team was slated to be been finished next month. But the building remains a hollowed-out eyesore, and the completion date has been postponed until next year in part because construction was temporarily halted following the discovery of skeletal remains. Read More »

Laughing skull joins neon giraffe in time for Halloween

After moving into their new Temple Street offices in the Historic Filipinotown section of Echo Park, the animation firm Screen Novelties restored a 14-foot high sign of a neon giraffe that hangs from the side of their building.   Now, the giraffe has some competition for the ... Read More »

A bad sign for Historic Filipinotown building

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One of the notable features of the Lewelleyn Manor apartments is the blue-and-white neon sign that sits on the roof of the four-story building at Temple Street and Rampart Boulevard. But the view of that vintage sign has now been partially blocked from some vantage points ... Read More »

Developers stir up turmoil on Temple Street

Rendering of apartment building at Temple and Union 9-10-2013 10-45-58 AM

When Elizabeth Fischbach opened her Temple Street bar on the south side of Echo Park three years ago, one of her biggest worries was crime, with a murder taking place right across the street.  These days, however, Fischbach’s crime concerns have faded and been replaced by ... Read More »