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Ready made ghost town

The "development" at Chicken Corner - named "Durbin" by its developers, the Angeles Group, gets ghostier every day -- a ghost town that went from A to Z without stopping for residents. Ailanthus trees have grown to fifteen feet, tobacco trees, too. All kinds of growth amid the sun-baked frames of homes that were never even half built. A sign that promises an "April 2009 debut" of the "homes" is still there. Piping and other materials that were left on-site when it was all but abandoned look like they have been there for a long time. For a while there was a white clunker - a Lincoln or Monte Carlo from '90s, I'd guess - parked on the lot. Now it is gone.

So when I saw that a representative of the Angeles Group was included on the agenda for the Echo Park Improvement Association's monthly meeting on Wednesday night, I made time to go to Barlow Hospital's meeting hall to find out how things were developing for the Durbin development.

But there was no representative from Angeles in attendance. According to board members, they had been invited, one guy had said they might come to address the group. But they didn't come.

It seems fitting that the ghost town would lack a representative. One we could see at least.

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