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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 […]

The Great Echo Park CleanUp

The grassroots community event “The Great Echo Park CleanUp” was conjured up on Twitter.  Organized by yours truly and Josh Post of CD13, it seeks to clean the streets of Echo Park — one piece of litter at a time.  July 2012 was the 1st event.  An upcoming event in Echo Park’s Hi-Fi district is […]

Success! A Rundown of The Great Echo Park CleanUp

There were more than a dozen of us in total, gathered in the shade of the trees that line Reservoir Street this past Saturday.  Ben, an 11-year-old and transplant from New Jersey, arrived with Christine.  Newer residents of Echo Park — Jon and Valerie — saw the Facebook event page from Echo Park Now’s linkage […]

The Great Echo Park CleanUp

It was started organically on Twitter. I snapped a picture of graffiti scrawled on a huge billboard above Portia and Sunset Blvd. Josh Post, an Echo Park resident and candidate for LA City Council’s CD13, chimed in, as did @Chicano_Soul. Days later, the name for the community cleanup was born. I conjured up the name […]