Echo Park, Los Angeles
Echo Park, with the Downtown Los Angeles skyline in the background
Echo Park is a densely populated neighborhood of over 43,000 residents in Central Los Angeles. It contains one high school and eight other schools, and has been home to many notable people. The neighborhood is centered on the lake of the same name.
- 1 Geography
- 2 Population
- 3 Government and infrastructure
- 4 Education
- 5 Entertainment and night life
- 6 Notable people
- 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 southeast, 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.
Within Echo Park are the following:
Angelino Heights is most notable for its Victorian era residences, although these are few in number. It lies at an elevation of 502 feet (153 meters).
Since the 1910s, Elysian Heights, along with Edendale, has been home to many of the counter-culture, political radicals, artists, writers, architects and filmmakers. The children of many progressives attended school there during the 1930s, '40s and '50s.
Historic Filipinotown makes up the southwest portion of Echo Park. It was created by a resolution proposed by then-City Councilmember Eric Garcetti on August 2, 2002. The district is bounded by the Hoover Street on the west to Glendale Boulevard on the east, Temple Street on the north and Beverly Boulevard on the south.
Victor Heights lies between Chinatown, Los Angeles, and the central part of Echo Park, off Sunset Boulevard near the Pasadena Freeway below Elysian Park. One of its streets is the hilly Figueroa Terrace, where in 1992 a resident named Betty Oyama lived and helped popularized a name for Victor Heights as the "Forgotten Edge," because, as she said, the Police Department couldn't figure out where Victor Heights was exactly. In a feature story about Oyama's successful fight to form a Neighborhood Watch, a Los Angeles Times reporter said of Victor Heights that it was "a mix of new and old housing styles and [of] residents who span the socioeconomic and ethnic spectrums. New condominium complexes stand next to 1920s-era bungalow houses and old apartment buildings."
In 2009 Victor Heights and its hilly streets were described as "a collection of stuccoed apartments and faded bungalows, a place with a lot of old-timers." With its dramatic views of the Los Angeles Civic Center, Victor Heights had a population of "older Italians and Croatians who once dominated the area," along with "newer Asian and Latino immigrants [and] a smattering of hipsters betting that Victor Heights will be the next big thing." The area became known for the flock of peacocks and peahens, with their chicks, who had taken over parts of the district, often on Everett Street, where they gathered in the morning.
Victor Heights is an old area. In 1887 "Choice lots, commanding a splendid view," were being advertised for $1,200. Lesser lots went for $700 to $1,300. All had "Water piped through the street." In 1908 its residents took a fight against disruptive dynamite blasting by the Los Angeles Brick Company in Chavez Ravine to the Los Angeles City Police Commission. They complained that the explosions were "cracking the plaster on their walls and causing their homes to settle to such an extent that they could not open their doors.
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. The demographic shift from Latino to White is generally acknowledged as the overall trend in the area.
Government and infrastructure
The 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)
The 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
- Austin Amelio, actor
- Allison Anders, film and television director
- Devendra Banhart, musician
- Amber Benson, actress, film director, author
- Jackson Browne, musician
- Anna Camp, actress
- Leonardo DiCaprio, actor
- William Ferguson (1822–1910), member of the Los Angeles Common Council
- Glenn Frey, musician
- Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles mayor
- Erica Garcia, Argentine rock singer-songwriter 
- Seth Green, actor
- Kim Gruenenfelder, writer and congressional candidate
- Roy Hampton, Los Angeles City Council member, 1939–41
- Marilyn Horne, soprano, lived at 1565 Altivo Way
- John Huston, film director 
- Art Ingels, inventor of the Go-Kart
- 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 Avenue in 1955
- Carey McWilliams author, editor and lawyer
- Albert Nozaki, movie art director
- Lil Peep, musician lived here from 2016 to his death in 2017 
- 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
- Horatio Sanz, comedian, actor, ex-SNL cast member and podcaster. 
- Roger L. Simon, novelist and screenwriter
- Brando Skyhorse, author, lived on Portia Street
- Elliott Smith (1969–2003), musician, singer, songwriter
- J. D. Souther, musician
- Darwin William Tate, Los Angeles City Council member, 1933–39
- Karen Tongson, Filipino-American cultural critic, writer and queer studies scholar. Pop Rocket Podcast co-host
- Danny Trejo, actor
- Valentina, a contestant on the ninth season of RuPaul's Drag Race.
- Frank Zappa, musician and songwriter, lived at 1819 Bellevue Ave
- 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
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- "Echo Park". Los Angeles Times. Mapping L.A.
- Thomas Guide, Los Angeles County, 2004, pages 594 and 634
- Iris Yokoi, "Chinatown/Echo Park: 'Forgotten Edge' Takes a Stand," Los Angeles Times,';' March 27, 1994, page 7
- Cara Nua DiMassa, "They're True-Blue Fans of Peacocks: West of Chinatown in Victor Heights, Locals Happily Abide Eggs on Awnings, Symphonies of Screeches, Mating Dances in Mid-Street," Los Angeles Times, page A=
- "Lots in Victor Heights Tract," Los Angeles Herald, January 1, 1887, advertisement
- "No Half Measures on Blasting Asked," Los Angeles Herald, August 19, 1908, page 12
- "Station 20". lafd.org. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
- "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". Los Angeles Times. Mapping L.A.
- "Room 8 the Cat". findagrave.com. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
- 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.
- kmouts (16 August 2016). "Talking Dead S7 special - Austin Amelio (Dwight)". Retrieved 22 March 2018 – via YouTube.
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- 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) – Questia Online Library". Questia Online Library. 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). Questia Online Library. 1998-01-28. Retrieved 2009-01-13.
- "Dons Clothes and Dies," Los Angeles Times, April 10, 1910, page II-1
- "Hot Property: NBA Star Keeping Up With Disick," Los Angeles Times, December 13, page C-8
- Sebastián Espósito. "Erica García cambia y sigue". La Nacion.
- Interview with Kim Gruenenfelder, Elle Filz, ChickLitWriters.com, March 21, 2011.
- "Roy Hampton, Ex-Councilman, Found Dead," Los Angeles Times, April 17, 1953, page 2
- 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
- Martin Henderson, "Revved Up and Ready to Go," Los Angeles Times, June 8, page E-28 "Ingels built his legacy at a shop on Echo Park Avenue."
- "Historic Echo Park: Jake Zeitlin". Archived from the original on 2013-04-14. 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.
- "Pioneer Laid to Rest," Los Angeles Times, January 17, 1916, page I-8
- Mrs. Lindsey, First L.A. Councilwoman, 87, Dies," Los Angeles Times, November 28, 1955, page A-6
- Ptach, Dave (Summer 2005), "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". Archived from the original on 2011-07-15. Retrieved 2011-06-23.
- "Historic Echo Park: Carey McWilliams". Retrieved 2011-06-22.
- "Emo Rapper Lil Peep Dead at 21".
- "All Night Menu". donutsandbbq.tumblr.com. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
- "Our Lady of Loretto Elementary School: Local History Timeline". Archived from the original on 2011-07-15. 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
- "Award-winning author Brando Skyhorse, stays true to his Echo Park roots". The Eastsider. June 25, 2014. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
- "San Francisco Bay Guardian - Looking for a Guardian article?". sfbg.com. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
- "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.
- "RuPaul's Drag Race". Logo. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
- Miles, 2004, Frank Zappa, pp. 8–9. Full reference in Zappa Wikipedia page.
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