Echo Park one of the first L.A. Suburbs, latinos businesses and families being pushed out by the high rates of rents.  “People here seem to believe that because they are angry they don’t have to be civil,” said Christine Peters, who runs an animal rescue group at her home. “… From my perspective, we’ve lost a sense of community.”


Francisco Torrero, a neighborhood council member, stands by a cluster of houses at Santa Ynez and Alvarado streets. Neighbors complain that these vacant houses harbor drugs, prostitution and vagrants.  Link to Los Angeles Times to read complete article written by Scott Gold.