I was pleasantly surprised to hear from the new Hi-Fi Field Deputy in Eric Garcetti’s office that the L.A. Derby Dolls had recently set up shop in my neck o’ the woods. And according to the Derby Dolls’ most recent email newsletter, they’re digging Hi-Fi so much that they’ve organized a neighborhood cleanup:
The L.A. Derby Dolls, Los Angeles’ premiere, all-female, banked track roller derby league, is at it again: In a continued effort to beautify their surroundings wherever they go, the newest denizens of Historic Filipinotown are taking it to the streets this Saturday, November 10th for a neighborhood cleanup.
As soon as the ladies of LADD rolled into one of the oldest Filipino enclaves in the City of Los Angeles, they were met with an immediate sense of civic pride by its citizens. In preparation for their first game in their new digs near the intersection of West Temple Avenue and South Alvarado Street on November 17th, they will spend the preceding Saturday meeting their new neighbors and, along with friends, family, fans and parishioners of Praise Christian Fellowship Church will do so with trash bags in their work-gloved hands and, quite possibly, skates on their feet!
The Dolls would like to extend an invitation to anyone who would like to join in on this city council-sponsored event kicking off at 10am.
What: L.A. Derby Dolls Neighborhood Clean-Up in Historic Filipino Town
When: Saturday, November 10, 2007
Time: 10 am to 12 pm
Where: 1910 West Temple Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Now that Silver Lake has been ceded to the yuppies and gelato shops and Echo Park is opening “premiere five-star dog daycare facilities,” I’m looking forward to plenty more people following the Dolls’ lead and settling down on my side of the 101. You heard it here first: Hi-Fi is the new Echo Park.