Echo Park and Lincoln Heights residents may win some parking relief

Existing permit parking signs in Echo Park

Since Forever 21 opened its headquarters in Lincoln Heights more than three years ago, nearby residents have complained that employees have taken over street parking during week days. Meanwhile, in Echo Park, residents living near Sunset Boulevard and Alvarado Street have blamed the customers and employees of nearby restaurants and shops for gobbling up  parking at night. But now some of those residents may gain the upper hand in the neighborhood parking wars with the establishment of permit parking.

The Department of Transportation has recommended creating what are called “preferential parking districts” that would require a permit to park during certain hours on specific streets. The City Council’s Transportation Committee is scheduled to take up the recommendations on Wednesday before the issue heads to the full council.

In the case of Echo Park, the parking restrictions would be most onerous in the evening, when only permit holders would be allowed to park after 8 pm on sections of Elsinore and  Mohawk streets. In Lincoln Heights, the restrictions would be applied during the daytime, when parking would be limited to two hours on sections of North Broadway, Duke Street and Prince Street for motorists without permits.

Residents would have to purchase the permits and also obtain them for guests. The preferential parking districts are temporary and must be renewed annually.

Parking has remained a problem near the Forever 21 offices even after the retail chain announced it was building a large parking garage on the Mission Road property. A parking survey conducted last year by the city in Lincoln Heights found that virtually all parking spots were filled in the four blocks covered by the proposed parking district.

A city report on the Lincoln Heights parking district found “that there is a substantial adverse impact from workers from the Forever 21 factory and other businesses, who monopolize the on-street parking preventing residents from parking near their homes, creating a situation from which the residents deserve immediate relief.”

In a separate city report on the proposed Echo Park parking district, the “employees and visitors” from businesses on Sunset Boulevard were found to “monopolize the on-street parking in the residential areas.”

The new preferential parking districts have the support of Councilman Gil Cedillo, who represents Lincoln Heights, and Councilman Mitch O’Farrell of Echo Park.

Here’s a summary of the two districts and the restrictions:

Proposed Echo Park Preferential Parking District No. 191

echo park parking district


  • Elsinore Street between Alvarado Street and Mohawk Street (both sides)
  • Elsinore Street between Mohawk Street and Waterloo Street (both sides)
  • Mohawk Street between Sunset Boulevard and Elsinore Street (both sides)
  • Mohawk Street between Elsinore Street and Reservoir Street (both sides)



Proposed Lincoln Heights Preferential Parking District  No. 197

lincoln heights parking


  • Prince Street between Manitou Place and North Broadway (both sides)
  • Duke Street between Mission Road and Prince Street (both sides)
  • North Broadway between Mission Road and Prince Street (south side)



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  1. I wish LA had some standards set in the zoning for parking garages. Without that, they just create an industrial-scale void in the urban fabric. How about lining the groundfloor of these structures with storefronts like Santa Monica and Pasadena have done? It’d encourage more foot traffic, and create cheaper retail spaces for mom and pop shops.

  2. So, Mohawk Bend has been a blight on the surrounding neighborhood. And now the neighbors have to pay to park on their own streets just to keep the Mohawk Bend customers away. And if the neighbors don’t pay, then they can’t park their either. And the city makes plenty of money from the permit sales and from parking tickets.

    And the parking problem there is only being exacerbated by small lot subdivision developments going in with inadequate parking to handle the cars they will bring, especially if the new resident have a house-warming party or other party. Hey, even bike proponents have cars at home.

    Have fun when any people on those streets want to have a party for any reason — and the people attending can’t park their cars anywhere nearby because they don’t have permits — you cannot get a party-sized number of guest permits, you get about two, and you have to pay even more to get them.

    Oh, surely this entire issue is just fake — they have had the bicycle lanes out front there for what, 12-15 years now, so clearly everyone just bikes to their hot spot for the night like all restaurant-goers and nightclubbers do after dark.

    And the “couple” of Mohawk Bend customers who do still drive still have to park somewhere. Since they now will be blocked from parking on the streets north of Sunset, obviously they will park on the ones south of Sunset. Meanwhile, Mohawk Bend keeps bringing in the profits but doesn’t have to spend any of it to alleviate the parking problem it creates. Why should they have to spend anything to mitigate the big problems and costs they cause for the entire area. Instead, let neighbor fight neighbor in a contest of who can have the most restrictions to imposed via permit parking to keep people out.

    • In what world is a restaurant opening in a formerly vacant commercial building “blight”? And since when do the neighbors own the street parking?

      • The blight is the overload of cars that now park on those streets into all hours of the night — didn’t you read the story — because the restaurant doesn’t do anything to provide parking for its load customers. And now that the neighbors have brought in permit parking, they pretty well own the parking there.

  3. The portion of Lincoln Heights that will receive this “relief” also has, curiously had the streets re-paved, new street lighting installed, and lacks the street trash and general disorder that can be found on every other surrounding street. One has to wonder: does someone important to Gil Cedillo live in this particular corner of Lincoln Heights?

    There is ample private parking at the majority of private properties in this area. Most houses have two car garages, multi-family housing has more.

    The sidewalks leading to and from the Forever 21 center from every direction are right now broken, covered in a muddy slurry, and poorly lit. Every single surrounding intersection of this center has long wait times for pedestrians crossing at the lights. There is a “bike lane” in the gutter of a street with cars moving at 35mph or more on a curved portion of road with a slope – a bike lane that is disconnected from any surrounding facility.

    There are also acres of private land paved for parking in this area. Acres and acres of it. There is no shortage of private parking available, especially compared to other portions of the city.

    To call this “parking relief” is a misnomer. This isn’t relief, this is a strange handout to a person or persons living on this small little stub of a street who are in some way connected to the Cedillo office. When the rest of the community is so obviously an open dump, with little to no help from Cedillo’s office forthcoming, what other reason would there be for the lavish attention this small micro-neighborhood has received?

  4. Mohawk and Elsinore are catty corner to Sunset and Alvarado one of the busiest areas of Echo Park. It’s surprising that this little section doesn’t have street cleaning or permit parking when considering it’s proximity to so much action just around the corner. It is well known to those who live there that these streets are used by people visiting local businesses. What isn’t discussed enough is how these streets also house peoples cars while they go on vacation or need repair.

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