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PHOTO ESSAY: You Can't Get There From Here--Landa Street

Landa Street runs through Silver Lake and Echo Park. Interrupted by hills and canyons, its southern most point is closed to traffic by two gates.

Getting off the 5 at Stadium Way, it used to be a quick ride to Echo Park Avenue.  At one time, you could take the skinny road that hugs the hillside, but today you simply can't get there from here. Two gates have been installed at the base of the road.  That has made Landa Street a bucolic hiking path with great views of Frogtown, Glassell Park and Glendale with the San Gabriel Mountains in the distance.

Walking uphill past the two gates, you'll find yourself at a cul-de-sac that has a genuine local feel.  Friendly neighbors will tell you stories and point out details about this little stretch of road.  Some of the darker tales include two "body drops" by the infamous Hillside Strangler on the 1500 block near Stadium Way.

More recently, a lot was purchased by a man who had his son live on the property.  He moved into a bus covered with religious quotes.  There was some sort of falling out with a girlfriend, at which point she set the bus on fire.  But that's only one side of the lore of Landa Street.  

Go for a walk and see if the neighbors don't come up with more stories to round out the history of our community.

An earlier version of this story incorrectly referred to Echo Park Avenue as Echo Park Boulevard. Patch regrets the error.

Sara April 27, 2011 at 07:57 PM
I don't remember any walking path, I used to just walk down Landa to a friend's house down the hill - just walked on the street, hardly any cars. In fact, I'm really wondering about the post above from "E.P. native" with the usual denigration of "hipsters," whoever those poor hated people may be, I'm not sure. Maybe when I was younger I was one! But all this traffic on Landa? Gosh, it didn't used to be like that at all, it was practically a walking path itself ... Sorry, don't remember any road called Twin Oaks, either. I lived there in the early 1980's ....
Paul Redmond April 27, 2011 at 09:22 PM
So, to be clear, the gates were not there in the early 80's?
E. P. Native April 28, 2011 at 02:01 AM
To answer Paul - we drove down what's now the gated road and the road going down towards Allesandro, depending on where we were heading. To Sara - didn't intend any denigration of hipsters - just referring to recent demographics. .
CHRISTINE April 28, 2011 at 04:32 PM
Once the bridge became a liability for the city, they added the gates and closed them. No more short cut to Stadium Way. If you mapquest directions from Stadium Way, to Vista Gordo Dr. for instance it will tell you to take a number of "paper streets" to get here. Just because a street was named, does not mean the city actually bothered to construct it! cp
Paul Redmond April 29, 2011 at 06:08 AM
Christine, are you saying there once was a bridge on Landa above Stadium Way?

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