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Blog: At the Corner of Unsightly and Neglected

Just a local resident musing on the future of what she views as the only blip on the otherwise beautiful landscape of Echo Park.

I joined our lovely neighborhood in September of 2011, and it’s been a pretty magical year-plus. Running through Elysian Park, eating at any number of our delicious food stands and restaurants, and just soaking in our unique enclave has made me declare already my life-long allegiance to Echo Park. 

Just like a cancerous mole, however, there is one part of our otherwise precious neighborhood that may be the death of me. It’s the house on stilts, as I have taken to calling the old Craftsman pile of wood that sits at the corner of Park and Echo Park Avenues, taunting me from across the street.

Since moving here, I have been patient with the renovation of the lake (which, by the way, is impressive). I have been able to manage the inconsistent parking that comes from living a block from Sunset. I even welcome the traffic from Dodger games because I love our local team. But I loathe that abomination in the empty lot.

As your not-so-newest neighbor, I’d love to hear everyone weigh in: Where do you stand with our haunting house? What should be done with it?

I, for one, would love additional parking to open up when the lake is back in action. Perhaps we could start a community garden. Why not have USC’s School of Architecture or even a local high school take over renovations? As it stands, which is really all this eyesore does, the house and the space it occupies taunt me with their uselessness.

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Catherine Holcomb October 28, 2012 at 09:48 PM
I would like an edible community garden!
Regina October 31, 2012 at 11:14 PM
It is my understanding that the "Craftsman pile of wood" at the corner was moved there as part of the mitigation with the Four Square church over their property across the street from the Angelus Temple. The church also owns that property (along with many others around the lake), and has not had the time or the inclination to relocate the house or set it down on the spot permanently- which will probably not happen since the land is more valuable than whatever you can rent a "Craftsman pile of wood" for these days.
Mitch O'Farrell November 02, 2012 at 05:09 AM
Regina, you have that right. An empty lot in Angeleno Heights has been secured by a private owner. The agreement was that the church would give the house away and pay for relocation if something could be found near by. We had a taker early on. Right now she is getting the necessary approvals from the city. The site will then be prepared and the house moved. This should happen within the next 12 months but hopefully sooner.
Roberto Jurado November 08, 2012 at 03:16 AM
I agree with Ms.Widmer, they should take that house out. It's useless for the neighborhood, and the church isn't doing nothing about it. -Roberto J.
Jonathan Vasquez November 13, 2012 at 04:29 AM
I completely agree with you Stephanie, the church should step up and remove the Craftsmen Pile of Junk. The lot should of been used to edify the community in a very ecological way. It is very depressing that the church is going to remove the house in one year, which is very unacceptable, when the lot should of been used for something that the entire community would enjoy.
Jarrod Duncan November 14, 2012 at 06:19 PM
A parking lot, a basketball court, a playground, a community garden, a wind turbine.....SOMETHING needs to go there! When Echo Park opens back up, a parking lot would be a great new addition for the influx of cars we will see.
Jarrod Duncan November 14, 2012 at 06:26 PM
What will happen to the lot once the house is removed?

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