It’s been a big media week for Chicken Corner. First, I hear from a freelance writer for Los Angeles Magazine. She’s doing a shopper’s list for Echo Park. Then I hear from a writer for the Los Angeles Times. She is working on a story about housing in Echo Park. I feel like a rooster on a hot tin roof crowing: Echo Park Echo Park Echo Park.
I met the Times’ Nancy Cleeland for coffee at Chango this morning. She is following the fate of the families who once lived in a building on Delta Street, next door to the Del Mor Apartments, where Chango coffeehouse is located. Nancy, who has written for the Times on labor issues, said she was trying to suss out some of the complexities in the gentrification issue, of what has happened to the families who once lived in the gray-ish mauvish 16-unit shell with the vacant signs pasted around the front doorway. It sits directly across from an empty bungalow – the Chicken Corner bungalow, to those who know it in the neighborhood – for which the Echo Park Historical Society has been trying to find a new “home.”