Reward issued in East L.A. murder; mourning the changes of Echo Park

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MOrning Report

  • The L.A. County Board of Supervisors approved a $20,000 reward in connection with the May 2014 killing of Alex Gines, who was shot dead while walking on the 900 block of S. Kern Ave. in East Los Angeles. Anyone with information should call the Sheriff’s homicide bureau at (323) 890-5500 or Crimestoppers at (800) 222-8477.
  • A former Echo Park resident returns to find a neighborhood changed by gentrification. He does not like what he sees. “I was trying to love L.A. again, and whenever I went back to Echo Park, I saw something ugly,” writes Ben Ehrenreich. “A neighborhood, it turns out, is a fragile thing.” L.A. Magazine

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  1. A neighborhood is a fragile thing, maybe. But even more – it is a living thing that is constantly evolving. Change is inevitable and beauty is certainly subjective.

  2. Nostalgia for Pioneer Market? That place was a mess and smelled atrocious.

  3. Yet another article by someone who dislikes gentrification, and who is simultaneously offended by density and urban growth. We get it already.

  4. I’m almost 50 years old. Born and raised in LA. The neighborhood I grew up in is totally different now. I love LA. Love the changes, the energy, the good, the bad, and the ugly. This city is a living, breathing urban land. Find me a place that never changes…..and I’ll show you a boring environment. I do miss LaBrea Circus though!!!!

  5. I think it’s funny that someone who left Echo Park has the authority to return and complain that it changed.

  6. A b it melodramatic. After all, the physical change is minimal. Before it was residents that painted their home a funky color or refused to apply a fresh coat of paint at all. Now it’s those fugly horizontal fences and soulless boxy developments. Before it was stray dogs (which disappeared at least 10-15 years ago, if not sooner).. Now it’s a lot more stray coyotes and raccoons. Pioneer market had a nostalgic appeal with it’s lit simulated traffic curving around the corner. Otherwise, a market is a market is a market and the local Vons is no better or worse. Also, anglos, asians, hispanics have always lived and co-existed in EP and NELA along the same geographic and class lines, The majority of anglos and wealthy folks n the hillsides and most everyone else in the valleys and canyons below. The worse change is the traffic, which is a crap-shoot any day of the week. No more slow Saturdays or Sundays. EVERY day of the week can produce a traffic jam along York, the 2, Glendale Blvd., or Sunset. The other huge negative for those with a conscience is the social injustice of pricing the working-class out the area but I figure that will be remedied in 10 years or so when the trend dies out and ONLY the working-class will agree to live in those ugly developments and small homes surrounded by the horizontal fence relics. They’re the avocado-green refrigerators of the millennium.

    • Keep dreaming. That’s about the only talent you have, Proper douche. It’s just your nostalgia getting the best of you.

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