The Train Took Us There 10.02.09
In honor of the 11th Annual Eagle Rock Music Festival, a special Eagle Rock Edition of The Train Took Us There.
In 1955, Eagle Rock was the end of the line for the Los Angeles Railway’s longest route, the 5 Line. The route went from here at Colorado Blvd. (until 1948 it went from Townsend.) to Downtown Los Angeles along Broadway, then West along Jefferson and Santa Barbara (Martin Luther King Boulevard) to Crenshaw through Leimert Park, and down to the Hawthorn. In the extra-wide median that runs from Townsend down Eagle Rock Blvd. past the shuttered stretches of Glassell Park before heading over to Cypress Park is where the 5 Line ran. The 3500 block of Eagle Rock Blvd. in Glassell Park that looks so desolate today was once a jostling and vibrant village developed around the easily accessibility to transit in the form of this streetcar line.
I am especially wishing this streetcar could still take us there this weekend for the 11th Annual Eagle Rock Music Festival. Although Metro usually does a good job getting out the word about taking metro to a large event, or at least informing riders here about what bus lines will be altered for a street event. They completely failed at mentioning it. No notices, no advice, nothing.
So in their place, I’ll make a few unguaranteed suggestions for getting to this year’s Eagle Rock Music Fest: 1.} Ride a bike there. (Sorry, no bike valet, bring a lock.) 2.} Take the 81, 84, 180, 181, 780 Metro Bus or LADOT Highland Park / Eagle Rock DASH to Eagle Rock & Colorado Blvd. I am assuming the buses that usually run on Colorado will detour to Yosemite Drive. 3.}If you absolutely have to drive, approach the event from Eagle Rock Blvd. NOT Colorado. By the time you reach Yosemite Drive, you should already be looking for parking.
The Eagle Rock Music Festival takes place along Colorado Blvd. from Eagle Rock Blvd. to Arrrrrgus. 4pm to 11pm on Saturday, Rocktober 3, 2009. FREE and All Ages as always.