IN L.A.’S ECHO PARK, A NEW URBAN DEVELOPMENT TAKES FLIGHT

Jun 22, 2015 by

Blackbirds, a new ‘microneighborhood’ near downtown, is Los Angeles’ latest small-lot urban infill project

Houzz contributor; journalist with more than two decades of experience.
On a perch high in the hills of Los Angeles sits Blackbirds, a new “microneighborhood” of 18 charcoal-gray and white modernist cottages in a woodsy setting. But this is no remote mountain, canyon or suburban dwelling — these homes are in urban Echo Park, one of the city’s oldest and most densely populated neighborhoods, near downtown L.A. and practically in the shadow of Dodger Stadium.

The Blackbirds project, which debuted last weekend, is part of a trend — especially among young urbanites — toward smaller dwellings in walkable neighborhoods close to commercial districts and transit systems. It’s also something of a backlash against suburban sprawl and McMansions with lot-line-to-lot-line footprints, a staple in many L.A. neighborhoods.

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