Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Echo Park Improvement Association: City Council Candidate Forum, Thurs Feb 7, 2013

Photo: Diane Edwardson, 2010.  Neighbors on the Echo Park side of the 2 Freeway will be sorely disappointed when CalTrans cuts down all the trees on both sides of the 2 Freeway between Oak Glen & Rosebud and builds a sound wall.  The Silver Lake side* will look extra special from the Echo Park side since the sound wall will sit atop the existing retaining wall north of Oak Glen. 
CD1 & CD13
Thursday, February 7, 2013
7 PM
It should be an evening of lively discussion as Echo Park has a long history of committed activists accustomed to epic battles.  Echo Park activists successfully kept the NFL from building a second stadium at Dodger Stadium & stopped the 2 Freeway from continuing through to the 101. Now they're fighting Barlow Hospital's plan for 888 residential units in the middle of Elysian Park.  Don't underestimate Echo Park.
*The Silver Lake side of the 2 Freeway is currently planned for sound walls between the Terminus and Lake View.  According to Benkin Jong, project manager with Metro, CalTrans is reconsidering the section between Oak Glen & Glendale Blvd.  No trees will be planted around the walls, just ivy.  CalTrans was supposed to be sending letters to the adjacent homeowners over the past few months.  CalTrans is a State entity.  However, City, State & Federal elected officials have all been involved in the State Route 2 Freeway Terminus Redesign since the 1990s. 
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