Let the Echo Park demolition derby begin!

It was this July when Echo Park residents scored a major legal victory to stop the Los Angeles school district from demolishing more than two blocks of the neighborhood to build a new school even as enrollment had plunged. But it turns out residents could not afford the price of victory.

In this case, the Right Site Coalition failed to raise enough money to keep fighting the school district over Site 9A near Alvarado and Sunset Boulevard. So, a settlement has been reached allowing the district to demolish more than 40 homes and commercial buildings, many of which have been left to fall apart while the district was stuck in court. Of course, it’s not clear why the district needs a new campus since enrollment continues to fall. Empty buildings at nearby Logan Elementary School, for example, might be leased out.

Meanwhile, a few blocks east of the 9A site, Angelus Temple is scheduled to start demolition this week on several 1940s-era brick buildings on Glendale Boulevard just north of Echo Park Lake. No plans for a school here. Instead, the church wants to build a multi-story parking garage on this site immediately north of Angelus Temple.

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