Case in point is the former Echo Fuels, aka Magic Gas, the Echo Park gas station that closed without warning  in September and has remained vacant.  Since then, the gas station at the corner of Echo Park and Morton avenue has become a convenient parking lot for customers of  the coffee house, shops and salon across the street.  At one point on Sunday, about a dozen cars were parked at the station, with everyone taking care not to block each others vehicle.

It’s not clear when the gas station will ever reopen. A sale of a lien against the property was apparently called off, and rumors of  credit card fraud continue to float on the neighborhood news group.  Motorists better enjoy the free spaces for now until new owners take over or a valet shows up and starts charging for parking.

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