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Which neighborhood was that?

Correction. Last week, Chicken Corner fluttered east and lost its bearings at the keyboard. I referred to Boyle Heights as Lincoln Heights in my post on the Church of Fashion, which was holding a support event for Obama. "Maps matter" is one of our founding principles at Chicken Corner headquarters (the question is "whose"), so the correction is taken to heart.

Meanwhile, the reader who alerted LAObserved to the problem had more than neighborhood boundaries on his mind.

Julio wrote:

Dear Editor of, Just wanted to let you know that the Church of Fashion is in Lincoln Heights not in Boyle Heights, which is actually 3 miles from Boyle Heights by a quick estimate. Also North Broadway is in no way in Boyle Heights.
Also, I feel that the Church of Fashion is going to [try to] make Lincoln Heights, "over." All we need are pseudo Echo Park transplants to jack up our rents and turn our great neighborhood into Silver Lake. [One of the founders of the Church of Fashion] once stopped me on the street (N.Broadway) and she mentioned "saving" Lincoln Heights, and how it is an "undiscovered gem," all comments brimming with white colonialist attitude. That white people need to save us non-white folks, and that we don't exist until they come around. I hope this Church of Fashion moves on.

The Church of Fashion sounds like a vibrant endeavor, but Julio has a point.

Incidentally, his thoughts nail something pertinent to Echo Park: the palpable ambivalence many activists showed toward the "Great Neighborhoods" award EP received last week. It's nice to be recognized by the American Planning Association, but what was being recognized? The increasingly gentrified Echo Park of 2008 (economic depression notwithstanding)? Or the place that spawned it, the place today's community activists knew 10, 15, 20 years ago? A tradition or a moment? That's to say if the two "places" can be separated -- and some people say they can. Perhaps they should have different names.

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