Hillel Aron's posting Wednesday on the L.A. Weekly is getting a lot of love from Echo Park lovers.
Aron, a native Angeleno who has lived in Echo Park since 2010, is crazy about his adopted neighborhood, calling it L.A.'s greatest.
Echo Park is, depending on your point of view: the poor man's Silver Lake, the rich man's Highland Park, the Williamsburg of the West Coast, a 40,455-person working-class burg full of diversity and a wee bit of gang violence. Or, it's that strange little neighborhood you drive through getting to Dodger Stadium.
But, bar none, it is the greatest neighborhood in Los Angeles (sorry Holmby Hills, you were this close).
Aron goes on to to cite freeway proximity (it's near three of them), diversity, Echo Park Lake and Angeleno Heights as some of the reasons he loves his little 'hood. He also cuts the hipsters a bit of a break, noting:
Hipsters open up delicious restaurants like Cortez and Sage, and while their opinions are often offensive, their need to constantly appear apathetic about everyone and everything renders them (mostly) harmless.
Aron ends calling for an Echo Park-specific subway stop, a cause we're inclined to support.
AND TELL US: Is Echo Park L.A.'s best neighborhood? Should it have its own subway stop?