The difference between Elysian Heights and Echo Park

Elysian Heights as described by singer and guitarist Arlie John Carstens in a story on Nightseminar:

“I live in the woods in Elysian Heights, in a house built on pylons overlooking a forest of trees. Coyotes, squirrels, skunks, raccoons, wild dogs and opossums run around on my porch, birds chirp day and night, and hawks circle the sky. It is not the Los Angeles that shows up on television. It is quiet here in the woods.”

Echo Park as described in the poem “Echo Park” by Christine Hamm:

The parking lot after
9 pm. The truckpretending to be empty
on the front lawn.

The barred windows,
the small yellow walls,

the poodle-mix chained
to a hole. The black

barking, the florescent
buzz, the winged beetles,

flinging themselves
at the endless electric light.

Photos: bengebre (bottom) echo29 (top) via flickr

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