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Eagle Rock Can't be as Hip as Silver Lake, Echo Park

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And that's not a bad thing. The New York Times yesterday looked into Eagle Rock's changing neighborhood dynamic, but change is not as easy as said in President Barack Obama's first college town: "The new residents brought prosperity and, the locals say, a little arrogance as well. 'They sounded the trumpets and announced a vision of something like Silver Lake or Los Feliz,' said Bob de Velasco, who runs Commercial Printing Network, a copy shop. 'But it’s not going to happen. Eagle Rock wasn’t meant to have that. Eagle Rock is an old-fashioned, atmospheric town.'" Ad to that SoCal historian D.J. Waldie: “The problem is this, if we truly believed that patronizing these places enlivened our neighborhoods, why aren’t we there — eating the omelets or shopping at the boutique?”