Don’t be disappointed: Sunset Boulevard gets better past Echo Park

Sunset Boulevard may conjure up images of Hollywood glamour, but runners in this Sunday’s Los Angeles Marathon won’t find any of that when they trot through the Echo Park-end of the boulevard, warns Times sports writer Steve Lowery. After driving the marathon route that begins at Dodger Stadium, Lowery describes the street scene after turning on to Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park and heading west, where things get better in Silver Lake:

“We turn onto Sunset Boulevard and feel sorry for the
out-of-towners who no doubt believe glamour awaits them; what they will get is fast-food joints, coin-operated laundries and vacant retail space. But any disappointment the runners will have felt when initially getting on Sunset will disappear when they swoop around toward Maltman Avenue and get a panoramic view of the Hollywood sign and Griffith Park Observatory. This is what race spokesman Abraham was talking about when he used the word ‘inspiring.'”

Apparently driving past Sunset & Alvarad0- home to Los Burritos, Pizza Buona, car wash and the American Apparel billboard – did not qualify as either inspiring or glamorous.

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A marathon of parking enforcement awaits Echo Park & Silver Lake. The Eastsider

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