Echo Park or downtown? Which is more worthy of a Trader Joe’s?

The holy grail of upwardly mobile neighborhoods has been the opening of a Trader Joe’s. Elysian Heights resident Jerry Sullivan, who edits the downtown-based Garment & Citizen, said a recent visit to the eternally busy Silver Lake Trader Joe’s lead him to believe that Echo Park and downtown might be in the running for a new location. He’s betting on Echo Park:

“The last go-round led to a new TJs in West Hollywood,
and current word at the checkout stands indicates that Downtown and Echo Park are neck-and-neck as high-demand areas this time around. Bet on Echo Park for a couple of reasons. First, the challenge of parking is likely to be tougher Downtown. Second, any Downtown residents who currently shop at the Silverlake store would still see their trip cut by about half with an Echo Park location.”

Many Echo Park residents thought they had a shot at a TJs about five years ago when the Pioneer Market closed. Instead, the former Sunset Boulevard market was split into a discount grocery called Save-a-Lot and a Walgreens. Does Echo Park have a better shot this time? Don’t get your hopes up.

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