Curbed LA posted some depressing photos of the nearly two-blocks of Echo Park that have been scraped clean of homes and residents to make way for a proposed elementary school southwest of Sunset Boulevard and Alvarado Street. It gets even more depressing when you consider that all this destruction and disruption in the name of relieving overcrowded schools has taken place as student enrollment has plunged. The charts below (click on them to enlarge) show how the steep decline at two nearby elementary schools, Logan and Rosemont, only blocks away from where the Los Angeles school district wants to build Central Elementary School #14. Of course, residents cited falling enrollment as one of the reasons why the new school, which required the demolition of more than 50 homes, was not needed in the first place.
Logan, which once housed more than 1,300 students, is now down to about 600, according to the state education figures. The most recent LAUSD figures for Logan show a student population 550.
Both Rosemont and Logan, which were on double-track schedule only a few semesters ago, have returned to a traditional schedule as the student population has shrunk. As enrollment has dropped, the school district now proposed to help fill the new school. Logan has so many empty classrooms that a charter school, Gabriella, will move into some of that empty space this fall.
Photo from Curbed LA