Daily Archives: February 10, 2015

What’s it going to take to fill an empty Echo Park market?

ECHO PARK -- After El Batey No. 2 market closed its doors last June in the face of a steep rent increase, the landlord gutted the interior down to the exposed brick walls, put up a "For Lease" sign and waited for a new tenant willing to pay $4 a square-foot – or $5,960 a month - for the space. Well, apparently the owners are still waiting because the nearly 1,500-square-foot storefront has remained vacant.

RadioShack shakeup may lead to Eastside store closures

RadioShack Corp. has released a list of 1,784 stores that face possible closure after the struggling consumer electronics and gadgets chain filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last week. The list, published in Quartz and other publications, contains three Eastside locations:

Lincoln Heights celebrates new traffic signal

LINCOLN HEIGHTS -- Councilman Gil Cedillo gathered with schoolchildren Monday at the intersection of North Broadway and Hancock streets in Lincoln Heights for the installation of a new traffic signal to improve safety. The city requested a study of the intersection that showed more than 5,000 vehicles travel through daily.

Makeover to begin soon for Highland Park’s “depressing” Starbucks

HIGHLAND PARK -- The neighborhood's first Starbucks - aka "The Most Depressing Starbucks in America" - is finally going to start seeing some of the changes the coffee store chain promised last summer after the outlet's design met with heavy criticism. Some residents have expressed their impatience by the lack of change at the York Boulevard outlet, a former hamburger stand that was converted into a drive-thru Starbucks last summer.

One dead in Boyle Heights shooting; Monday’s police chase began in Boyle Heights; the history of Lincoln Heights’ Eastside Brewery

MORNING REPORT: A man who was found dead this morning in Boyle Heights near North Chicago and Sheridan streets may have been the victim of a gang-related shooting ... The police pursuit of a stolen vehicle that began in Boyle Heights ended in Montebello after the suspect was shot by officers ... The history of Lincoln Heights' Eastside Brewery, where employee benefits included an hourly, 7-minute "beer break."