Never mind what Sunset and Alvarado was like before becoming a "destination;" the transition is over. There's no more driving around convinced you'll get lucky or cursing the conquest of your secret spots and standbys. The area's ongoing revitalization has suddenly turned things black 'n white: parking is a pain. And while you should be prepared to navigate a crosswalk or three, the good news is that spirit of Echo Park and the legacy of its local businesses remains – and that makes it all worthwhile.
Plus, creativity's no longer an option, unless you can afford the parking tickets. And if you can, in one way or another, you're lost.
So where are you going to park? Finding a spot on Elsinore or Mohawk streets is an option, as well as next to the fire station. (Fire Station 20) But that's still driving around with your fingers crossed, isn't it?
We suggest heading down Alvarado, southward toward the 101 Freeway. Why? For the same reason people show up late to a movie knowing full well the best seats are taken, but they still eyeball the most coveted rows, right in the middle. Ever notice that? The theater is dark and a couple arrives, and almost instinctually their eyes float up to you. And you think, Yeah right, chumps. That was thirty minutes ago.
So let's apply that phenomenon to those circling Cosmic Vinyl and its neighbors. Mohawk Street, Elsinore, and so forth are often clogged with people expecting rock star parking, which is silly. Rock star spaces are scored by accident. If you get one on purpose, you may be an asshole.
So what are we saying? Use other people's entitlement against 'em, of course.
Chances are, shoppers who roll up with their eyes on the most convenient spots haven't considered frenetic Alvarado. They might even have an attitude about that woman in the curbside tent, but you don't.
On a number of occasions we've found two or more first-look spots just below Sunset, especially on Alvarado's east side.
Parking is a hassle just about everywhere. We're happy explaining what works for us, and offering suggestions. It's way better rather than pointing you toward another grim parking structure.
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In 1981 a Nelson family friend, and Manager of Wolf & Rissmiller's Country Club offered a “comped,” “safe” balcony seat for any show John cared to see at the venue. His parents reluctantly agreed. The Los Angeles band, X, was young Nelson’s first pick, and soon after, The Blasters, Oingo Boingo, 45 Grave and Agent Orange.
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