Echo Park area church on the market for $55 million; the Silver Lake that was; Eagle Rock house fire

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MOrning Report

  • Holy Hill church, which occupies the former Metropolitan Water District headquarters on Sunset Boulevard, has put its approximately 5-acre property between Echo Park and Downtown on the market for $55 million. The church had previously sold off an office tower on the site that has been converted into pricey apartments.  L.A. Times
  • Writers Dagoberto Gill and Ruben Martinez talk about the Silver Lake that they once knew. “Sunset was the river that everyone swam in together — south of the boulevard was mostly brown and working class, north mostly white and middle class but the class distance was much less pronounced than it is today,” writes Reuben Martinez. L.A Review of Books
  • Firefighters extinguished a small blaze that broke out Monday night at an Eagle Rock home near Occidental College.  LAFD
  • Sunday Shorts: The Eastsider  welcomes submissions of fiction and creative non-fiction in written, video or audio form.  Sunday Shorts

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  1. Thanks for the link to the Gilb/Martinez dialog. Very interesting, informed, and nuanced ruminations on the history of Silver Lake and the eastside. Also, some fine writing and small poetic turns of phrase, e.g. the paragraph that ends with “It’s like neighbors in an apartment building. Separate lives joined by a wall.”

    One nit: Martinez refers to “On York Blvd. an haute eatery recently opened up right next to a Guatemalan bakery. I mean NEXT DOOR. What I want to know is how much time the restaurateur spent thinking about the impact his or her business would have on the panadería?” This sounds a bit like Ba. But, the real story there is pretty much the opposite, as you can read in this blog post from the chef: http://www.restaurantba.com/2012/02/mom-and-pop/ . The basic story is, the baker and his wife got old and wanted to transition out of the bakery business.

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