Bryan and I have started a new Sunday tradition of going for a long walk. We took a route through the hilly part of Eagle Rock above Colorado Blvd, where we saw some adorable craftsman bungalows and at least five houses for sale. Was this a sign that the real estate market was bouncing back and homeowners were deciding that now as a good time to sell? Or, was it that people in the nice part of the neighborhood weren’t able to keep holding out through a prolonged soft economy and finally reached the end of their funds? We walked all the way to Eagle Rock Hillside Park, which we’d seen whenever we got off the 134, but hadn’t yet explored. This public park was nice — there were tennis courts, basketball courts, extensive fields where a group of people were playing soccer, horseshoe pits and a well-tended playground. At least three families were hosting kids’ birthday parties, which apparently require only a permit to be pulled ahead of time. People usually dump on the city of L.A., but what a (reassuring) surprise to see something made by the city that was actually cool!