Echo Park Is L.A.'s Greatest Neighborhood, Says Local Writer, But It Needs A Subway Stop

Hillel Aron pens a beautiful paen to the hilly bohemian hub, saying it deserves its own subway stop.


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.

He begins:

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.

Read Aron's full piece here.

AND TELL US:  Is Echo Park L.A.'s best neighborhood? Should it have its own subway stop?

Hugo R. Ajanel February 28, 2013 at 08:14 PM
Why do they named it Echo Park ? I know why.
Donna Evans (Editor) February 28, 2013 at 08:16 PM
i would so dig a subway stop in echo park. many a time i've gotten off at Vermont and Sunset, hoofed up the hill and caught the 2 bus to get to, say, Short Stop. It would be nice - but probably a pipe dream!
Anthea Raymond (Editor) February 28, 2013 at 08:41 PM
Why Hugo?
Eric Solis February 28, 2013 at 10:11 PM
Check out Matt Szabo's recently released plan for CD13, which includes subway stops in Echo Park and Silverlake: http://www.voteszabo.com/matt_szabo_releases_public_transit_and_green_space_vision_for_council_district_13#sthash.Q34CI5k0.dpbs
Ninachka February 28, 2013 at 10:16 PM
All these "hipsters" are for making this one weird neighborhood. I grew up here and lived here for, let's say a long, long time. This "gentrification" reminds me of an episode of King of the Hill. I wish they would just fit in, instead of thinking they are the "White People" of the barrio. (and i am white).
Robert D. Skeels March 01, 2013 at 04:29 PM
Hugo R. Ajanel March 01, 2013 at 08:11 PM
According to my old friend Daniel Bourgagnion, while they were digging the lake , the workers used to shout at each other, and they would hear the Echo, that is why. Daniel die in 2007 at the age of 86.


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