Which way Eagle Rock?

Eagle Rock has taken turns with other Eastside neighborhoods, such as Atwater Village and Echo Park, as serving as a popular symbol of a community undergoing an urban renaissance. Now Eagle Rock is taking its hits.

The ruins of a failed development on Colorado Boulevard last year became a symbol of the real estate bust and a neighborhood embarrassment. Earlier this week there were reports of neighborhood muggings as well as the robbery of a group of four Occidental College students. Today the New York Times reports that the recession has threatened the many new shops and revival * that had attracted many new Eagle Rock residents in the first place:

“The new residents brought prosperity and, the locals say, a little arrogance as well. “They sounded the trumpets and announced a vision of something like Silver Lake or Los Feliz,” said Bob de Velasco, who runs Commercial Printing Network, a copy shop. “But it’s not going to happen. Eagle Rock wasn’t meant to have that. Eagle Rock is an old-fashioned, atmospheric town.”

Anyone want to bet when the first “Eagle Rock is Back” story will appear?

Photo by by ikkoskinen via flickr
* If this sounds familiar you read it first in The Eastsider in December.

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