The American Planning Association (APA) announced today that Echo Park has been named one of Top 10 Neighborhoods for 2008 through the APA, Best Places in America (Great Places in America). Best Places is a national program that exemplifies the APA community with a “personality” and highlights the unique role of planning in creating communities with a value that will endure over time. Echo Park is a community of 120 years, located west of downtown Los Angeles, you can travel on foot. On October 8 at 8:30 AM will be a ceremony of acceptance in Echo Park Lake.
LOS ANGELES, USA. UU. (PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE) – Echo Park is home to a thriving diverse community of artists and working class families and had to work twice as other communities to create, maintain and defend their great community. The community is remarkably dynamic with countless ethnic groups from all economic levels. Today, Echo Park is not only home to the annual Lotus Festival, the Cuban Festival and historic Filipinotown but also has places to eat 4-star alongside spectacular burrito posts. The area has well-kept homes style craftsmanship and modern architecture, in addition to excellent schools, parks and libraries.
Urban planners in Los Angeles has handled issues of accessibility and gentrification, historic preservation and pedestrian safety, walking, while the growth and development of Echo Park. APA has selected Echo Park for its stunning topography located in the hills above the city, its historic architecture, pedestrian streets and stairways, and engaged residents who, through the years have made great efforts to protect and preserve their community.
Antonio Villaraigosa, Mayor of Los Angeles, explained, “for generations people have come to Echo Park, have raised their families, dynamic companies began, and returned as received from the neighborhood and the city. Today, children, parents and grandparents from diverse backgrounds and cultures come together in Echo Park, which makes this community an outstanding example of the great neighborhoods that are located throughout Los Angeles. ”
“We are excited to choose Echo Park as one of the Best Neighborhoods in the year,” said Paul Farmer, APA Executive Director, FAICP. “This neighborhood has a long history of civic activism that has inspired not only public debate but has committed and motivated residents to help keep Echo Park a great place to live,” he said.
Best Places APA are neighborhoods where people want to be, not just go visit, but live and work every day.