Echo Park, Los Angeles
|Neighborhood of Los Angeles|
|Downtown Los Angeles skyline in the background|
Echo Park is a densely populated neighborhood of 43,000+ residents in the central region of Los Angeles, California. It has one high school and eight other schools. It has been home to many notable people and is centered on the lake of the same name. Contrary to the name, the area does not have a park that echoes.
- 1 Geography
- 2 Population
- 3 Government and infrastructure
- 4 Education
- 5 Entertainment and night life
- 6 Notable residents
- 7 See also
- 8 Notes and references
- 9 External links
Echo Park is flanked by Elysian Valley to the north and northeast, Elysian Park to the east, Chinatown and Downtown to the southeast, Westlake to the southwest and west, and Silver Lake to the northwest.
Boundaries are the Golden State Freeway-Glendale Freeway interchange at the north apex, Riverside Drive on the northeast, Elysian Park on the east, Stadium Way and Beaudry Avenue on the southwest, the south apex being Beaudry Avenue and West Second Street and the west limit being an irregular line consisting of Second Street and Beverly Blvd, then moving upward north along Benton Way and the Glendale Freeway.
||Silver Lake||Elysian Valley and Atwater Village||Elysian Valley|
|Westlake||Elysian Park and Dodger Stadium|
|Westlake||Downtown||Chinatown and Downtown|
The 2000 U.S. census counted 40,455 residents in the 2.4-square-mile neighborhood—an average of 16,868 people per square mile, one of the highest densities in Los Angeles. In 2008 the city estimated that the population had increased to 43,832. The median age for residents was 30, about the same as the city norm.
Echo Park was considered moderately diverse ethnically. The breakdown was Latinos, 64%; Asians, 18,8%; whites, 12.9%; blacks, 2%, and others, 2.3%. Mexico (41.3%) and El Salvador (15.2%) were the most common places of birth for the 53% of the residents who were born abroad, a figure that was considered high compared to the city as a whole.
The median household income in 2008 dollars was $37,708, a low figure for Los Angeles, and a high percentage of households earned $20,000 or less. The average household size of three people was about the same as the rest of the city. Renters occupied 76% of the housing units, and house- or apartment owners the rest.
The percentages of never-married men and women, 46.8% and 38.3%, respectively, were among the county's highest. The 2000 census found 5,325 families headed by single parents, a high rate for both the city and the county. There were 1,034 military veterans in 2000, or 3.5%, a low figure for Los Angeles.
Census data below for Echo Park is generally cited from only US Census District 1974.20 and does not include a large portion of what is geographically and culturally considered Echo Park. District boundaries shifted from 2000 to 2010 in most of the other contributing districts, so trends are not necessarily reliably reported by the data. It is also alleged that Echo Park and Hollywood are among the lowest responding areas to census polls.
The 2010 US Census estimates that the neighborhood demographics for tract 1974.20 are as follows: Latinos still form the majority of the community, though the percentage fell from 69.8% in 2000 to 59.5% in 2010; Whites grew from 13.2% in 2000 to 23.2% in 2010; Asian population remained almost unchanged at 13.3% in 2010 compared to 13.2% in 2000; Other grew from 3.4% in 2000 to 4% in 2010. The number of people in the district shrank by almost 15% to around 3500 people. This represents less than 10% of the number of residents considered to live in Echo Park. This demographic shift from Latino to White is generally acknowledged as the over all trend in the area.
Government and infrastructure
Los Angeles Police Department operates the Rampart Community Police Station at 1401 West 6th St., 90017.
County, state, and federal representation
Eighteen percent of residents 25 and older have a four-year degree, about average for the city and the county, but there is a high percentage of residents with less than a high school diploma.
In 2007, LAUSD used eminent domain to remove 50 homes in order to build a new school.
Within Echo Park are the following schools:
- Baxter Montessori, 2101 North Echo Park Avenue (private)
- Elysian Heights Elementary, 1562 Baxter Street (LAUSD). This school was home to "Room 8 the Cat" 
- Clifford Street Elementary, 2150 Duane Street (LAUSD)
- Mayberry Street Elementary, 2414 Mayberry Street (LAUSD)
- Golden West Christian, 1310 Liberty Street (private)
- Gabriella Charter, 1435 Logan Street (LAUSD)
- Logan Street Span School, 1711 West Montana Street (LAUSD)Serving K to 8th grade
- Rosemont Elementary, 421 N. Rosemont (LAUSD)
- Betty Plasencia Elementary School, 1321 Cortez Street (LAUSD)
- DC Academy, 626 Coronado Terrace (private)
Los Angeles Public Library operates two branches in Echo Park: Echo Park Branch and Edendale Branch.
Entertainment and night life
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- Carlos Almaraz, artist
- Allison Anders, film and television director
- Jackson Browne, musician
- Leonardo DiCaprio, actor
- William Ferguson (1822–1910), member of the Los Angeles Common Council
- Seth Green, actor
- Glenn Frey, musician
- Eric Garcetti, elected mayor of Los Angeles on May 21, 2013
- Roy Hampton, Los Angeles City Council member, 1939–41
- Marilyn Horne, soprano, lived at 1565 Altivo Way
- John Huston, film director 
- Paul Landacre, artist, lived at 2006 El Moran Street
- Shia LaBeouf, actor
- Solomon Lazard (1827–1916), entrepreneur, banker and politician
- Henry Jay Lewis, musical conductor
- Estelle Lawton Lindsey, newspaper columnist and Los Angeles City Council member, lived at 2414 Echo Park Avenue
- Edward Middleton Manigault, painter
- Steve McQueen, actor, lived on Vestal Street in 1955
- Carey McWilliams author, editor and lawyer
- Albert Nozaki, movie art director
- Art Pepper, jazz musician
- Leo Politi, artist and illustrator
- Jackson Pollock, artist
- James Wesley Potts, merchant, landowner and member of the Los Angeles Common Council; noted locally as an amateur weatherman nicknamed "The Prophet."
- Ann Robinson, actress and stunt horse rider
- Roger L. Simon, novelist and screenwriter
- Elliott Smith, musician, singer, songwriter
- J. D. Souther, musician
- Darwin William Tate, Los Angeles City Council member, 1933–39
- Danny Trejo, actor
- Frank Zappa, musician and songwriter
- Jake Zeitlin opened an antique book shop at 1623 Landa Street
- List of Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments in Silver Lake, Angelino Heights, and Echo Park
- List of districts and neighborhoods in Los Angeles
- Mi Vida Loca, a 1994 film centered on life in Echo Park
- Quinceañera, a 2006 film about gentrification in Los Angeles
Notes and references
- "Central L.A.". Mapping L.A. Los Angeles Times.
- "Northeast L.A.". Mapping L.A. Los Angeles Times.
- "Echo Park". Mapping L.A. Los Angeles Times.
- Thomas Guide, Los Angeles County, 2004, pages 594 and 634
- "Central Health Center." Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. Retrieved on March 18, 2010.
- "Post Office Location - EDENDALE." United States Postal Service. Retrieved on December 7, 2008.
- Welch, Matt. "Death of a neighborhood." Los Angeles Times. August 7, 2007.
- "Echo Park Schools". Mapping L.A. Los Angeles Times.
- Room 8 the Cat
- Andrew Khoury, "In Urban L.A., Developers Are Building Trendy Homes on Tiny Lots," Los Angeles Times, July 13, 2013
- "Oral history interview with Carlos Almaraz, 1986 Feb. 6-1987 Jan. 29, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution". Retrieved 29 July 2011.
- "Internet Movie Database Biography for Allison Anders". Retrieved 2011-06-24.
- "Historic Echo Park: Memory Lane". Retrieved 2011-06-24.
- Catalano, Grace (February 1997). Leonardo DiCaprio: Modern-Day Romeo. New York, New York: Dell Publishing Group. pp. 7–15. ISBN 0-440-22701-1.
- "LEONARDO DICAPRIO; Scumsville superstar; HIS PARENTS WERE HIPPIES, AND HE GREW UP IN THE POOREST PART OF TOWN.(Features) – The People (London, England) – HighBeam Research". Highbeam.com. 1998-04-19. Retrieved 2009-01-13.
- "Poverty and family split spurred Leo to pounds 3m a film Titanic stardom; Gran tells of screen idol's battle". The Mirror (London, England). Highbeam. 1998-01-28. Retrieved 2009-01-13.
- "Dons Clothes and Dies," Los Angeles Times, April 10, 1910, page II-1
- Merrill and Hampton Rade in 13th District to be Close," Los Angeles Times, April 26, 1939, page 2
- "Roy Hampton Services Set," Los Angeles Times, April 20, 1953, page A-28
- "Historic Echo Park: Jake Zeitlin". Retrieved 2011-06-24.
- Strauss, Bob (April 11, 2007). ""Disturbia" star has practiced a long time". Los Angeles Daily News. Retrieved March 8, 2013.
- King, Susan (April 11, 2007). "A prime cut of LaBeouf". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 1, 2010.
- Ptach, Dave (Summer 2005), Historic Echo Park "Fellowship Parkway Artist Fasted for Sake of Vision", Echo Park Historical Society News, retrieved August 29, 2011.
- "Our Lady of Loretto Elementary School: Local History Timeline". Retrieved 2011-06-23.
- "Historic Echo Park: Carey McWilliams". Retrieved 2011-06-22.
- "War of the Worlds, Battle of Los Angeles, and Albert Nozaki". Retrieved 2011-06-22.
- "Our Lady of Loretto Elementary School: Local History Timeline". Retrieved 2011=06-24.
- "Notice—To All Persons Interested," Los Angeles Herald, September 9, 1889, page 1
- "Echo Park residents scope out proposed Barlow Hospital development". September 8, 2009. Retrieved 2011-06-24.
- Dick Lochte, "The second coming of Moses Wine; Roger L Simon’s semiautobiographical novels about the edgy, radical sleuth are being reissued." Los Angeles Times, May 22, 2000
- Kimberly Chun, "No Easy Way Out," sfbg.com
- "Official Autopsy Report on Steven Paul Smith". The Smoking Gun. 2003-10-21. Retrieved 2011-06-24.
- "Carl Jacobson Vexes Voters," Los Angeles Times, May 26, 1933 Access to this link may require the use of a library card
- Beale, Lewis (May 9, 2007). "He ain't that bad". Daily News (New York).
- Bowles, Scott (September 3, 2010). "'Machete' star Danny Trejo is an illustrated man, in many ways". USA Today. Retrieved November 4, 2011.
- Miles, 2004, Frank Zappa, pp. 8–9. Full reference in Zappa Wikipedia page.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Echo Park.|
- Echo Park Historical Society
- The Eastsider LA A news source for Echo Park and surrounding neighborhoods
- Echo Park Now News and Information about Echo Park happenings and history
- Echo Park Online - A social networking site and blogging platform
- Short history of Echo Park
- Edendale Farm CSA and Learning Center
-  Echo Park crime map and statistics