In case you missed it

We took a much needed break from work and writing to travel and spend time with the family this holiday season, so you may have noticed things have been a little quiet here on Echo Park Now (make sure you follow us on Twitter for the more timely news). Here’s what you may have missed while sipping egg nog over the holiday:

Echo Park students in downtown “flash mob”

Gabriella Charter School (located near Sunset and Logan) dance students participated in a flash mob at downtown’s LA Live on Monday, December 20. The rain didn’t stop these kids from a good time!

ABC7 thinks our potholes are big

Today’s coverage of the post-rain apocalypse brought ABC7 to the corner of Sunset Blvd. and Alvarado, one of the most congested intersection in Los Angeles. The gaping holes in shown in the video have been there for as long as I can remember…

Christmas Day shootings

And of course, I would be surprised if you didn’t hear about the Christmas Day shooting in Echo Park that left one dead and three people wounded. And this event was followed by the LAPD announcement that the number of homicides in LA for 2010 are the fewest in over 40 years.

It seems every single news outlet/blog/website covered this shooting – our own The Eastsider LA and Echo Park Patch, LAist, LA Times, Fishbowl, LA Weekly, and all the way north to the San Jose Mercury News and the San Francisco Examiner. I can’t help but put on college-era media studies hat and ask: Why?

Not why did the shootings occur, but why all the spotlight on Echo Park lately? Certainly, a Christmas Day shooting or violent crime of any kind in any neighborhood is a tragedy, which is why the coverage of the death of an 18-year old on this holiday is so widespread. Yet I can’t help but wonder – if it were another part of town, one less gentrified, would that coverage be the same?

Check out the plethora of stories about the shooting, and let everyone know what you think:

“Christmas Day shooting leaves one dead & three injured in Echo Park.” The Eastsider LA, December 25, 2010.

“Christmas Morning Victim ID’d; Relatives Mourn.” Echo Park Patch, December 25, 2010.

“Gang Homicide In Echo Park: 18-Year-Old Cesar Guerrero ‘Could Have Just Stayed Home For Christmas.'” LA Weekly, December 27, 2010.

“Echo Park shooting leaves one dead, three wounded.” LA Times/LA Now, December 25, 2010.

“Christmas Day Shootout In Echo Park: 1 Dead, 3 Injured.” LAist, December 26, 2010.

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