East Side, Los Angeles
The Sunset Junction Street Fair is an amazing, dynamic Los Angeles event that has become somewhat of a "last hurrah!" for summer in the City of Angels.
Originally conceived as an event to bring together the traditional Mexican neighborhood with the rapidly expanding gay community, Sunset Junction grew and expanded over the years to encompass a nascent art community and an electrifying rock and roll scene. Nowadays, revelers park fifteen blocks from the gates and pay a so called "donation" to enter the packed street festival.
This is as local an event as any in Los Angeles. The crowd runs from "daddies" in buttless leather chaps to young latino families pushing strollers. Fight your way through the crowd and you can enter the beer garden, buy a kilim, pick up a neon bong, and get yo' self a mohawk. Then again, you can win yourself a stuffed elephant, ride the ferris wheel and send your toddler down the slides: this, my friend, is the melding of cultures and it's never been so exciting.
Sunset Junction runs the last weekend of August, yearly. Sunset Blvd from Fountain Ave. to Golden Gate Ave.
L.A. reveals a hip, urban side in the "323", with " her hair down" and fashionable without being typically "trendy". Then again, being anti-trendy, in effect, conjures up a trend itself- oh the dilemma! However, it is clear that one can deem her quite the mellow, down to earth type in these parts.
Considered, "L.A. East", "323" covers much of the urban, downtown adjacent enclaves of Silverlake, Echo Park, Los Feliz and parts of Hollywood. Remarkably, the streets within are equally the most peaceful and cleanest yet unsafe and dirty of Los Angeles. Popular landmarks for tourists and locals here are Dodger Stadium and Griffith Park.
The identity of this area code is still under some development as is L.A. East but from what I see, it does appeal to a more independent, non-conformist way of being. People around here are typically from creative fields- writers, designers, musicians and other artists from the industry (of Hollywood) or who are "promising". Family life is not the greatest in these parts, but the affordability of many places here does attract families. People who would enjoy the single- mingle life would love hanging out here,say, in a Silverlake dive bar.
If you enjoy a coffee shop that's not Starbucks, you will be happy to find several unique places to get your fix. Dining options are rather eccletic and affordable, generally much more so than in the Westside. Moreover, for unique and specialized shopping for clothes and various gifts, one will be satisfied here- -so, isn't there enough to come to the Eastside?