Echo Park art space to close; Metro to accept smartphone app payments; Boyle Heights fire

Art Space:  Machine Project, an alternative Echo Park Arts space, will be closing for good this month after a 15-year run.  The experimental shows and installations ranged from transforming the Alvarado storefront into a forest to sponsoring floating performances at Echo Park Lake. Founder Mark Allen said it was time to do something else.  “I saw this as an exploratory and research project,” said Allen.   L.A. Times

Fares:  Put away your TAP card. Metro bus and train riders will be able to pay fares with their smartphones using an app that is scheduled to be introduced this summer. The smartphone payment app will also be accepted by other transit systems that accept TAP fare cards.   Curbed L.A.

Fire: Firefighters quickly put out a fire that broke out early this morning in a Boyle Heights fourplex in the 900 block of Lorena Street. One person was evaluated by paramedics but declined to be taken to a hospital. Daily News

New Lawmaker: Labor activist Wendy Carrillo, who won December’s 51st Assembly District election, made her debut as a lawmaker on the floor of the Assembly, vowing to protect “our most vulnerable in our society and those whose voices ought to be amplified.” L.A. Times

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