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Los Feliz: A man was left in critical condition in one of two Tuesday night stabbings Vermont Ave. the east side
Boyle Heights: Two fires that broke out at two businesses owned by the same family could have been arson. Los Angeles Time
Los Feliz: New protected cycle lanes along Riverside Drive were dedicated today after a half-mile stretch of the street near Griffith Park was put on road diet. the east side
Motorhome parking: Following a vote by city council, recreational vehicles and other large vehicles used as homes and parked on city streets will once again be subject to parking and towing fines. the east side
COVID: Congressman Adam Schiff and City Attorney Mike Feuer announced they had tested positive for COVID-19.
Small steps to make Hyperion Street safer
By Robert Fulton
A coalition has developed a plan to transform part of Hyperion Street at the border of Los Feliz and Silver Lake on a safer and more pleasant route.
The Hyperion Street Safety Coalition, which includes organizations, business owners and residents, developed its street plan after several months of outreach, walking tours and planning.
The plan covers 1 ½ miles of Hyperion between Rowena Avenue on the north and Sunset Boulevard on the south. It is a stretch with few traffic lights and pedestrian crossings and is mostly inaccessible to people with disabilities. In January 2019, Cristina Garcia, a 57-year-old mother of three, was struck and killed by a high-speed Toyota Corolla that sped off a curb in the 1800 block of Hyperion.
Plan Avenue is relatively modest. It calls for improvements — including new traffic signals, ADA curb cuts and high-visibility crosswalks — at four Hyperion intersections: Evans Street, Scotland Street, De Longpre Avenue and Fountain.
What is not included is a dedicated bike path, which would close the bikeway gap between Rowena and Griffith Park Boulevard along Hyperion. Such a plan would likely reduce car-only lanes, said Siobhan Burke, president of the Hyperion Street Safety Coalition.
Burke added that the issue could be addressed later and stressed that the Avenue Plan is “not a road diet.”
“The avenue is really evolving,” said Burke, a district member of the Los Feliz Neighborhood Council. “There is so much more foot traffic than there was when it was first developed as a car-centric avenue. It has the opportunity to be a much nicer street.
The coalition plan was approved unanimously by the Los Feliz Neighborhood Council. It is also presented to the councils of Silver Lake and Atwater Village before being presented to districts 4 and 13 of the city council of Los Angeles.
City council offices and agencies should approve and find funds for the improvements.
The coalition will continue to raise awareness before the plan is sent to city council districts. Next steps include traffic and pedestrian counts.
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Restauranteur returns to Echo Park with a new concept
The man behind an ill-fated vegan grocery store returns to the neighborhood with a different concept: a fusion-style taco stand — complete with cocktails.
Restaurateur Joshua Pourgol is in the process of setting up a branch of Mother’s Day Tacoswhich already has locations in Los Feliz, Westwood and Larchmont Village.
Some of his plans have been revealed in a usage permit filed by the Planning Department in which he seeks to serve a full range of alcohol. A public hearing on this is scheduled for April 25.
The app emphasizes vegan and vegetarian choices, including vegan banh mi, fried avocado, and vegan eggplant soyrizo picadillo. But other Tacos tu Madre around town also offer an international variety of meats, including sweet and sour chicken carnitas, Korean-style barbecue, and even pastrami.
The new Tacos tu Madre would occupy a building at the corner of Echo Park and Montana avenues that has stood empty since The Whisperer closed nearly five years ago.
It’s not Pourgol’s first venture in the neighborhood – or even down the street. In late 2018, he opened the vegan Counterpart Deli just two blocks north at Echo Park and Delta Avenues. But Counterpart closed at the end of 2020 under a different owner.
- Thu April 7: Comedy at the Manor
- Saturday April 8: Unveiling of the Hermon signal box
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ONE LAST THING
Up and down : The city has not said when the chain-link fence around Echo Park Lake will fall. But apparently a section has fallen or been knocked down twice this week. Luke H. says park rangers struggled to re-establish about a 100-foot section of the fence along Echo Park Avenue on Monday and Tuesday nights. Will he come back down? We will keep you posted.
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