Drive By

Echo Park

"Where you from?" A short cul de sac abruptly meets a vertiginous hillside. A decade since a peak in gang homicides marked the passing of the Mi Vida Loca era. Cheap dirt, local color, and a Countrywide "stated income" construction loan spelled opportunity for this house poor inner city adventurer. Winner of an AIA award from a dream jury of favorite American architects - and landing the front page of the New York Times Home section - the house marked an encouraging beginning.