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Signs of old Echo Park revealed

Echo Park  —   The demolition of a metal shed on Echo Park Avenue this week revealed an old commercial sign painted on the brick wall of the neighboring Del Mor apartment building.

The shops named in the sign reflect a pre-gentrified Echo Park, when the ground floor of the Del Mor was occupied by businesses that catered primarily to Latino customers. Now, the same storefronts that housed places like El Batey, Nelly’s, Botanica La Fe and the Suku Suku Club are occupied by, among other businesses, a juice bar, gourmet grocery and, soon, a vegan deli.

The old sign won’t be visible for long. A 35-unit apartment building is going up soon, hiding this piece of Echo Park past once again.

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8 comments

  1. The Suku Suku Club sounds like my kind of place!

  2. They already painted over it! Checked again this morning and it was gone.

    • Yup. With black paint.

    • Hector m. Guerrero

      Just like everthing else…😞see i was born& raised in that today called gentrified neighborhood, Their is a 1000 storys to the if not more to those beautiful streets of echo park..I grew up on w.edgeware rd.& carroll ave. And I went to logan an cortez elementary schools..my grand parents once lived in the now known ceasar chavez ravine..but my grandpa had his barbershop next to the old pioneer market long since knocked down..now is a parking lot..my heart& soul is here.

  3. They talk about the Suku Suku Club in the novel by Steve Scott called Echo Park. You won’t forget Mr. Peepers!

  4. That would have been a fun piece of History to retain much like the old Del Mor sign on the top of the building. But since the new property owners basically kicked El Batey out ceremoniously after 40 years of being in business (by hiking rents) they were quick to cover over it.. Capitalism at work I guess.

  5. Hector M. Guerrero: I know just how you feel about Echo Park. I was born and raised there, too,
    attended Elysian Heights Elementary and Thomas Starr King Junior High. You are so right, there are thousands of stories left behind on those Echo Park streets over decades. To me, there is no more beautiful place to be than in Echo Park on a late afternoon when that golden sunlight hits the hillsides and dear old homes. It’s magical. How I wish I could relive those days of long ago.

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