I'm planning a vacation to LA and am VERY excited about finally seeing Echo Park. I've wanted to visit all my life. Any good hotels in the area? TIA.
Not a safe area.
What is it about Echo Park that made it a lifelong "destination"?
You a fool.
I grew up about a mile from Echo Park. There's nothing for a tourist to see there. It's just a neighborhood in LA, though one that is trending apparently. There are a couple of fleabag motels nearby on Sunset but otherwise I can't think of a "good" hotel in EP. The closest ones are probably in Downtown.
I moved away from LA 8 years ago so maybe I've missed out on a lot. My family still lives a mile from EP though.
Echo Park always been a scruffy, working class neighborhood with a large Mexican pretense -- previously, Mexican-American, now mostly illegals. During the 30s, it was a hot bed of Communism, with those people being mostly Irish and Jewish who lived in the nicer houses in the hills. During the 90s, I heard there was a Commie rest home in the area, as many remained True Believers throughout their lives, and unto death. So, if that Home is still there, I could see Red Diaper babies being interested in a pilgrimage to meet the elders.
There were always gangs in that area, but they became dangerous only after 1980, when drugs, rather than "turf" became their driving force. Lately, there has been a big crackdown by the LAPD, opening up just enough room for the outlander real estate agents to run in and create a "destination" of their own. You know the type -- they call the weeds growing from the curbs, "authentic" the aroma of local taco trucks, "the delightful spell of spice," and the hard and dirty looks of the locals cruising by with subwoofers on max volume as "vibrant." I recently read that the locals have taken to yanking some of these interlopers into the nearest alley to beat the shit out of them, and sending them screeching back to Larchmont. Still, there remains the ubiquitous neo-shops and overpriced eateries that clutter the sidewalk with chairs and are quite beloved by the faraway New York Times. Perhaps you wish to see those?
If so, understand they are all clustered in one or two blocks, and are far smaller than you imagine. Still, if you wish to view the leading edge of a wedge currently being driven to chase minorities and the poor away from the central city, Echo Park is a good place to start.
Aimee Semple McPherson's Angelus Temple is located in the Echo Park neighborhood. Stop in and tell them you're a close personal friend of Kathie Lee Gifford.
Is it a good place to go if you're interested in Mexican American culture, or Mexican American cock?
What the sam fuck is a "Mexican pretense"???
R7: there are dozens of gay Latino bars in LA. Much safer.
Rent the movie with Susan Dey instead.
Echo Park is my favorite neighborhood in LA (grew up there). It's wonderful. However, I can't understand why any tourist would want to spend time there, other than to see a band at the Echo or something.
In the late 80s early 90s, there used to be incredibly hot sex in the men's room on the south side of the park. Big fat Latino cock there in steady supply, just waiting to be sucked.
They will kill it soon when it starts resembling Venice.