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Let us eat cake/Paying for parkland

The box-like cinderblock building at the corner of Lucretia and Echo Park Avenue was an evangelical church for many years. The church moved, but I still see its pastor frequently, making house calls to some elderly nieghbors of mine. After the church left the space there was an art gallery briefly. And after that it was a sparse junk shop, opened at odd hours. Then several months ago, there was work on it again. I poked my head (or nose) in to ask about it, saw cooking equipment and learned that soon it would be a southern bakery. But "soon" turned out to be relative. The building was painted in a stlyish feminine manner -- pale yellow brown and blue, with snap dragons and dahlia's planted in the parkway. "Delilah" was painted on a deep-slanting cursive. But there were permit troubles, including, I was told 3rd- or 4th-hand, parking issues: the city wanted them to build underground parking. I am sure it took some doing to get past that hurdle. (I don't believe they have any parking spaces.) The entire space is probably 400 hundred square feet. Many months passed.

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