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The money that won't go away

According to a reliable pair of guys named Michael, the "new hybrid alternative" for Glendale Boulevard was cooked up in an iron pot by witches chanting "double double toil and trouble."

Yes, there is money available "to do something" about the mess that is Glendale Boulevard where it cuts through the west side of Echo Park. The sum is $12 million, and exactly how best to spend it has left the MTA, Caltrans and neighborhood residents at odds for over a year. A meeting announcing the start of a decision was held on Tuesday night at Mayberry School (and no, Chicken Corner is not making up the name).

First, a very brief background:

The original site of the Mack Sennett silent movie studios, Glendale Boulevard dissects the west side of Echo Park; it's Highway 2. For local residents, it's an eyesore, a traffic swamp, the unpleasant point where thousands of cars each day traverse the neighborhood, wishing they could get through faster, on their way to the Glendale Freeway, the entrance for which branches off of Glendale Blvd. just north of Allesandro, and the terminus of which dumps southbound cars into the neighborhood just a couple of hundred yards south.

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