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Watch Out Drunk Hipsters, Echo Park Might Get a Security Detail

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A proposal to create a Business Improvement District (BID) in Echo Park heads to a City Council committee (.pdf) this afternoon. Submitted by Councilman Eric Garcetti in January, it "would serve the local business community by providing increased security, homeless services, beautification, and streetscape maintenance. Establishment of the BID is expected to revitalize the local economy and is a positive step towards neighborhood renewal." Not everyone is on board, though. The Eastsider LA spoke to one business owner that was not too happy. "I can't stand the idea of rent-a-cops harassing our street vendors, our homeless, our cholos and our drunk hipsters. It's just not needed," the owner said.