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Highland Park one of world’s coolest neighborhoods? Vintage clothes, Echo Park and the taxman | Fletcher Drive traffic warning

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The coolest Eastside neighborhood? Is that vintage store the scene of a crime? And learn why some line work along Fletcher may hit your commute.  Eastsiders, the new News & Notes is here just in time for the Monday grind.

Highland Park one of world’s coolest neighborhoods? TimeOut declares it so

British travel magazine TimeOut names Highland Park one of the coolest neighborhoods, not in Los Angeles or the United States but the world.

While we love HLP or what TimeOut calls “LA’s leafy low-key neighbourhood,” we are always skeptical of these designations. It wasn’t so long ago that Forbes named Silver Lake the “best hipster” neighborhood. Of course, the photo used to illustrate that hipness happened to be the shot of a Los Feliz barber shop. 

So food on HLP’s main drag is one reason TimeOut thinks Highland Park is so cool:

“While York Boulevard has been buzzing with gastropubs for a while now, the recent arrival of vegan cafés, limited-batch dumplings and an order-by-the-ounce pizza shop have turned Figueroa Boulevard into an aspiring dining destination.”

Who beat out Highland Park and other Eastside neighborhoods? Number one is Embajadores, Madrid.

The taxman and LA’s vintage clothing

Those modest, vintage clothes made somebody big money, and he just got in trouble for not telling the taxman about it.

A man that owns the clothes recycling business, American Superior Used Clothing, Inc. which sells vintage clothing through stores in Echo Park, Hollywood and Pasadena,  plead guilty Friday to charges he failed to report $3.7 million in income to the Internal Revenue Service.

According to a plea agreement, Jose Martin Andrade Flores, 53, did bulk wholesale transactions with buyers worldwide, and sole merchandise at Rose Bowl swap meets and sidewalk locations in East Los Angeles, according to the US Attorney’s Office, Central District California.

But he didn’t tell his tax preparer about all his cash sales and deposits into foreign banks. And the IRS, who investigated, caught up with him.

LADWP hitting your Fletcher Drive commute?

The Silver Lake Neighborhood Council is holding an informational meeting about work to replace a  pump station suction line on Fletcher Drive, a move that could hurt your commute.

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s proposal to replace the line  will increase capacity and improve water quality and reliability in Silver Lake and the rest of Los Angeles. But, during construction, it will also cut down the lanes on Fletcher Drive, where traffic can pile up during rush hours.

The meeting is at 6 p.m. Wednesday, September 26 at the Silver Lake Library. Expect an explanation of the scope of the work and info about lane reductions and crosswalk modifications.  

For more information, email: Outreach@SilverLakeNC.org

Rachel Uranga is a Los Angeles-based writer

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