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Is This Who We Are?

Updated: Nov 20, 2021

An overflowing trash can and graffiti welcome visitors and residents to Silver Lake. (Photo by Nicole Speed)

After years of discussion, in December of 2020, the City of Los Angeles disassembled and moved a 1941 Streamline Moderne Texaco station, located at 1650 Silver Lake Boulevard, to an unidentified location until a new site could be identified. What remains is a patch of land cluttered with graffiti and trash. On a block that features fine restaurants and upscale shops, this eyesore is what people see when they enter Silver Lake.

Residents and business owners have repeatedly asked the city to provide appropriate trash receptacles and remove the graffiti, but so far the requests have been ignored.

To express your thoughts about blight in Silver Lake, email

We will share your concerns with city officials.

Learn more about the station's history here.


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