It’s after 7 p.m. and darkness has fallen across Echo Park – except at the corner Echo Park and Morton avenues. Here, the corner is bathed in a bright-white light that bounces off the walls of nearby apartment buildings and condos. The light is courtesy of the new Chevron station that recently opened in the former Echo Fuels – aka Magic Gas – station – that had been closed for a year. While some welcome the reopening of the gas station, some neighbors are not happy about the bright lights and signage.
An Echo Park resident who has lived near the intersection for eight years says the new gas station and all those lights are better suited for a location on a freeway exit and not in the middle of a predominately residential neighborhood:
I am horrified. It looks like Glendale Boulevard. Nasty, bright, fluorescent, obnoxious. Is all of this insane amount of light necessary? I almost want to drive into it as I come up Echo Park Ave, it’s so mesmerizing and everything else is thrown into shadow. Time to move, Echo Park is officially dead.
The lights and signage look like a typical Chevron station but perhaps it stands out more in a part of Echo Park where most businesses close in the evening and there are few illuminated signs. According to building permits the station, has a total of 10 signs: 6 illuminated wall signs; four individual channel letter wall signs and two box wall signs.