From an Echo Park book seller to a Highland Park boutique store owner, the Eastside is well represented in a series of stories on how residents and their families made their home in Los Angeles. The most recent installment of Arrival Stories, which appear in KCET’s Departures blog, features rare book and photography dealer Michael Dawson, whose grandfather, Ernest Dawson, one of eleven children, left San Luis Obispo in 1905 to open a bookshop in Los Angeles that has remained in the family for three generations. Noel Reyes, owner of Mi Vida in Highland Park, said one set of grandparents from El Paso were forced out of Chavez Ravine and lived for many years in Lincoln Heights before settling in Highland Park, where here grandmother currently residents in a Victorian home with a giant redwood tree in the front yard. Guillermo Bordarampe left Argentina during the 1970s along with two other friends and musicians who were part of a band called Arco Iris – “sort of a South American Pink Floyd” – before he eventually settled in Silver Lake. One of his bandmates, Academy Award-winner Gustavo Santaolalla, now lives in Echo Park.
The series is overseen by Echo Park resident Jeremy Rosenberg, who shares his own arrival story:
“There was a springtime snowstorm happening the day I was scheduled to leave Boston. I came to L.A. for the weather and stayed for the people.”
Here are some other arrival stories featuring Eastside residents: