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This is Why We Don't Live in Seattle

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The Eastsider LA blog provides a rainy-day horror story: After the torrential storms of 2005, the wall of an Echo Park octogenarian crumbled to the ground, causing damage to the sidewalk and a parked car. "The wall's failure in front of [Isa] Meksin's Spanish-colonial style apartment complex triggered a more than two-year-long struggle that will give many Los Angeles hillside residents even more reason to worry when the rain begins to pour." She battled red-flagging, scary city inspectors, and a boa constrictor (someone should option this). She now has a new $284,000 wall that, while less picturesque, should provide more protection. [The Eastsider]