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Epian Ways September 2011

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Echo Park Improvement Association Newsletter
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September 2011 Volume 18 Issue 4
Echo Park Improvement Association meets at 7 p.m. the 1st Thursday of each Monthin Williams Hall at Barlow Hospital 2000 Stadium Way in Elysian Park
ECHO PARK IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION
 
by Susan Borden
Echo Park’s animal rescuemovement may have got its startwith Joan Peck’s second-handstation wagon.In the 1970s, coyotes prowledElysian Heights hillsides, huntingnightly for the stray cats that weretheir favorite dinners. Homelesscats scrambled to hide under brushor scrub, but one colony of catsliving on Kite Hill above Avon Streetgot some unexpected help.Animal lover Joan Peck deliberatelyleft the back open a crack when sheparked her old beige Volvo wagonoutside her house every evening atthe steep summit of Avon Terrace.The nearby kitties were able tocreep into the vehicle, safe for another night.Possibly the earliest of Echo Park’sanimal champions, Joan Dieter Peck was certainly one of the mosteffective. As the founder of the localNeighborhood Animal Group, sheestablished two Sunset Boulevardthrift shops to fund its activities.“Trash to Treasures” at 2850 Sunsetand “Neighborhood Animal Group
Joan Peck of the Neighborhood Animal Group is our focus for a series on Echo Park people 
How the neighborhood animal rescue got its start
(Continued on page 11)
Glendale Boulevard needs some serious TLC
Turn To page 2:
Echo Park resident Josh Post takes on Glendale Boulevard - a seemingly dilapidated stretch of Echo Park just south of the 2 Freeway Terminus. He’s called for community action to give this part of our neighborhood from TLC. Photo by Josh Post.Photo from the collection of Toni Peck Burnet 
 
September 2011 • Volume 8 Issue 4
www.epia-echopark.org
P.O. Box 261021, Los Angeles, CA 90026 • Message Phone 877-860-EPIA
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(Continued on page 9)
Newsletter Credits
EDITOR:
Kelly Smith 
ADVERTISING:
Darren Hubert 
PRINTING:
Davco 
Copyright © 2011 Echo Park Improvement Association
ECHO PARK IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION
 
PAGE 2
Save Glendale Boulevard for Echo Park 
by Josh Post 
Call 911! A street in need of life support.The portion of Glendale Boulevard that spans fromthe end of the 2 Freeway through Echo Park was oncea thriving thoroughfare. Now, the corridor is blighted tothe point where commuters are afraid to take even theslightest detour on their way to downtown, unawarethat just blocks from this untended street lies fantasticrestaurants, coffee spots, boutiques and art galleriesof Echo Park and Silver Lake. The time is now to revivethis area.This corridor of Glendale Boulevard through EchoPark and into downtown has a rich history. In the early1900s, the area, then known as Edendale, was hometo silent movie studios, rail travel and a large artistcommunity.This district today is an unremarkable, to say the least,zone called the “Glendale Boulevard Corridor” knownmostly for its function as a commuter thoroughfarebetween the southern end of the 2 Freeway anddowntown Los Angeles.If you walk down the sidewalks of Glendale Boulevardtoday, particularly the same area that was booming
with silent lm studios from Berkeley Avenue to Duane
Street, you will see what I describe as a “dead zone.”
Trash clutters sidewalks, grafti adorns dilapidated/empty warehouses, overgrown empty lots sit litter-lled
behind chain-linked fencing and not one tree is plantedalong this four-block stretch. The area has become theantithesis of “urban renewal.”Unfortunately, this “dead zone” is the only part of EchoPark and Silver Lake that thousands of commuterssee each day. After exiting the 2 Freeway traveling todowntown, commuters won’t dare stray into the nearbyneighborhoods. Instead, drivers travel with tunnelvision hoping to leave the area as soon as possible for fear that the “dead zone” is as dangerous as it is ugly.Fortunately, for those of us who live and work in EchoPark and Silver Lake, we know there is more allurein the areas adjacent to the boulevard than meets the
eye. However, as in life, it makes it extremely difcult
to thrive and remain healthy when our main artery isterminally corroded. Instead of throwing up our hands,imagine a thriving Glendale Boulevard with art galleries,coffee spots, green space and, perhaps, even a silentmovie theatre to pay homage to the corridor’s history.Now, imagine how beautifying Glendale Boulevard
Trash piles up on the Glendale Corridor. Photo by Josh Post.
 Attempting to revive a DEAD ZONE 
 
September 2011 • Volume 8 Issue 4
www.epia-echopark.org
P.O. Box 261021, Los Angeles, CA 90026 • Message Phone 877-860-EPIA
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PAGE 3
Echo Park Holiday Parade theme announced
by Kelly Erickson
On Saturday, December 10th, 2011, the Echo Parkcommunity will celebrate its annual holiday paradewith a new theme, “
Seas wt a Reas
.”Each year, the parade committee holds an art contestto commemorate the holiday season. This year’s entriesshould keep in mind the theme when they submit their art.
A panel of judges will select four rst place winners,
who will be awarded a cash prize of $50.00 and their art prominently displayed.Cover art for the 2011 parade programs as well
as parade yers will be chosen from the youngest
contestants, and two winners will be named. Poster artwill be chosen from one entry submitted by grades sixthrough 8.The parade banner will be transformed from artsubmitted a senior high school student.Guidelines are as follows:
• All entries must be on 8.5” x 11” white paper.• Include name, school, grade and telephone
number on the back of each entry.
• Multiple entries are accepted and encouraged.• Deadline: Wednesday, October 19th, 2011
Drop-off locations:
• Central City Action Committee (534 E. Edgeware
Road)
• El Centro Del Pueblo (1157 Lemoyne Street)• Echo Park Farmers’ Market (coloring table,public parking lot #663, on Logan Street, south of Sunset Boulevard; every Friday, 3 – 7 pm)For additional information contact Cindy Ortiz at (323)664-2412 and visit
www.echoparkcommunityparade.com for more info about the parade.

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