I moved to Echo Park in the 1970's. At that time, as a 20 year old single parent I was looking for a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural area in which to raise my spunky little 4 year old son.
I was searching for a community of intelligent, socially and politically conscious people. It was my hope that through community, we could resolve some of the critical and challenging issues of the day and hopefully create a better world for our children and ourselves. Yep, I was a serious Idealist. To me, there was no other option. The world had to change for the better and I wanted to be a part of changing it!
In Echo Park and Silverlake I found what I was looking for and a lot more than I could have ever imagined. I found an eclectic and amazingly vibrant, creative and committed group of people who became my friends and community. Because of the support I found here, I was able to become a better parent, a community organizer, cabinet maker, and a general contractor.
We accomplished some really cool and wonderful things together, like preventing Elysian Park from becoming a freeway pass thru, creating an affordable and amazing childcare center, law offices, a food co-op called "The Food Conspiracy" (where we "conspired" to provide low cost food to our community), a local paper "The People's Echo" and lots of other wonderful stuff. In addition, we had a hell of a good time and some amazing parties!
Speaking of good times, the fun side of me is passionate about art, music, roller blading, cross country and downhill skiing, kyaking in calm waters, an occasional white water raft trip and creating wonderful feasts of delicious vegetarian food. I'm seriously interested in straw bale construction and green building, yoga. community and meditation. My family, friends and animals are the most important of all interests in my life.
So that's my story. I hope I will have a chance to learn your story too sometime soon!
If you are new to our little bohemian corner of Los Angeles,
bienvenidos my friends! I hope you have a wonderful visit!
By the way,
what I didn't know when I came here in the '70s, was that Echo Park has always had a very rich and diverse cultural as well as political history. I encourage you to visit the Echo Park Historical Society's website (website hidden) where you will find a plethora of fascinating historical material.