Someone needs to tell Sunset magazine about the Echo Park Lake lotuses

They are dead, having fallen victim to some mysterious ailment, and perhaps some city neglect, after blooming in Echo Park Lake for more than 70 years. But that news apparently never reached the editors of Sunset. In the July issue, the magazine recommends that readers take a day trip to Echo Park to enjoy the non existent blooms: “Echo Park Lake transforms into an aquatic garden through late September, with lotuses blooming on the water.” Well, they won’t this year and probably not for many years to come until the city replace the bed.

The magazine also recommends stopping by the Echo Park Film Center, which announced it will be closed in July. Well, we all make mistakes (like spelling hommies instead of homies the first time around). So, in order to avoid further confusion and disappointment among Sunset magazine readers, The Eastsider presents the list of …

Things You Won’t Be Able To Do in Echo Park in July

* Attend the Lotus Festival, which was axed by the city’s budget crunch.
* Find a sober patron at Barragan’s on a Wednesday.
* Sleep without a techno-dance beat pulsing through your head.

* Leave Pioneer Chicken with grease and Orange Bang stains on your shirt.
* Walk through Elysian Park without coming across evidence of ritual sacrifice, random art, a lowrider car show or 1,000 roaring motorcyles.

Feel free to add to the list.

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