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Why I Love Echo Park Lake

From Summer 2011 to Spring 2013, it remained closed off to the public. Alas, on Saturday June 15th, fences came down on the Lake from which Echo Park derives its name.  LA Mayor-Elect Eric Garcetti, CD13 incumbent Mitch O’Farrell, Councilman Tom LaBonge, and heck — American Apparel and PETA — were among the throng of […]

Lotus Festival 2011, Underwhelming*

No lotuses, dragon boat race, or fireworks?  Such was the state of affairs for this weekend’s 33rd Annual Lotus Festival.  It was a paired-down, low-key weekend event, with limited booths, attendance, and fanfare.  Sadly, happy hour at Taix felt rowdier than this weekend’s festivities. The Militant Angeleno concurs. Tomorrow, Echo Park Lake will officially be […]

Attendance At This Weekend’s Lotus(less) Festival? Why, Yes!

It wouldn’t truly be Summer in Echo Park without the 33rd Annual Lotus Festival, sans the darling lotus leaves of its namesake. Top Reasons to Go: 1.  Admission is free. 2.  The Lotus Festival will disappear for the next 2 years while Echo Park Lake is rehabbed under Prop O. 3.  A fireworks show above […]

Opening Ceremony for Rockwood-Colton, Echo Park’s New Eco Green Space

A small crowd of neighbors, civic leaders, park engineers, and children gathered this past Saturday to welcome Echo Park’s latest greenery in the urban landscape: Rockwood-Colton Park, which Eric Garcetti appropriately called a “green necklace in the middle of Los Angeles” during the noon ribbon-cutting ceremony. With Vista Hermosa Park, the Echo Park Pool, and […]