I find it impossible not to join the chorus on this one.
If you're reading this there's a good chance you've had a chance to see Kevin Roderick's rave review of Dave Zahniser's LA Weekly story "Welcome to Gentrification City." Dave's is a remarkable story -- not just for its geographic scope, which is beyond what weekly newspapers typically attempt. But for its moral scope, too. It shows how the forces that cause a city to change are unstoppable (like the weather). And it also shows how policy can shield us somewhat from some of the housing market's most unfortunate outcomes (read: ordinances that preserve rental units; creation of rent control, for starters).
Yay, Dave! And, yes, Mr. Zahniser is an Echo Park resident.