Hans wanted to see Echo Park and particularly the lake as it has featured in lots of movies, Chinatown and LA Confidential for example, so we started off by taking the local bus along Sunset Boulevard to there.
However, disappointment galore. Major construction site over 2 years, to be finished later in 2013. The whole park was fenced off. Seemed like a very nice area though, with some very beautiful old style apartment blocks. Here is a photo of Echo Lake with downtown in the background.