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Will new zoning trigger more Boyle Heights gentrification fears? weekend freeway ramp closures; Echo Park activist dies

Gentrification:  Several galleries in the west end of Boyle Heights have closed in the wake of anti-gentrification protests. But proposed new zoning in the “Flats” area would allow for more dense development and the creation of an “innovation district” that could bring more change and gentrification concerns. L.A. Times

R.I.P.: Peter L. Lassen, a long-time Echo Park activist, was found dead in his home on Boylston Street on Wednesday, said neighbors. The cause of death is unknown but foul play is not suspected, according to officials. Lassen, who was in his late 70s, was an architect and active in numerous community groups and causes involving planning, urban forestry, the protection of Elysian Park and other topics. Lassen, a Vietnam War veteran who lost use of his legs in a land mine explosion, participated in several L.A. Marathons in the wheelchair division. “I just love doing it,” he told the L.A. Times in a 1993 story. Memorial services are pending.

Peter Lassen pictured in 2017 at a Flag Day ceremony at the Victory Memorial Grove in Elysian Park | Photo by Sandy Driscoll

Detour Ahead: Caltrans is warning motorists to prepare for delays this weekend as the 1st Street and and 7th Street offramps from the southbound 101 Freeway in Boyle Heights will be closed from 10 pm Friday, August 10 through 6 am on Monday, August 13. Caltrans

Shots: The Saban Community Clinic will be offering free immunizations required by L.A. Unified on Monday, Aug. 13 — one day before school begins. Saban/Facebook

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3 comments

  1. Sorry to hear about Peter Lassen.

    I always found him to be a friendly and dedicated participant at community events.

    Echo Park is poorer for his loss.

  2. I served with Peter Lassen on the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Community Advisory Committee (a body of community leaders around the stadium area created by the McCourt ownership) from 2006-2012. His audible, deep baritone voice is both unmistakable and unforgettable. I can still hear it in my head. I always remembered him as being very knowledgeable on community matters, especially in the context of our committee, as he lived literally yards from the stadium parking lot. I just saw him briefly at this year’s Lotus Festival in Echo Park last month. Rest in Peace, Mr. Lassen.

    • A memorial for Peter Lassen will be held Tuesday September 4th from 5-8 pm at the Grace E. Simons Lodge, in Elysian Park. In the spirit of Peter’s love of diverse cuisines, friendship and community this event is a potluck dinner. Please bring a tasty dish. Beverages will be provided. For more information, Please Contact Matt Chessé: vivachesseuk@gmail.com

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