You're not kidding about the random go-downs. Do people not tighten their wheel bolts/QRs anymore, or something? People were eating **** for no discernible reason all night long.
FWIW, these often do seem to happen seconds after the Rida makes some loud, wacky comment to his friends behind him.
Getting from downtown to Echo Park is easy-peasy. Here's a trick to make it even easier: just find your way to Broadway and 2nd. At that point you can either go west on 2nd (it's a one-way, you can only go west) through the tunnel, veering right when 2nd turns into Glendale, or go north on Broadway (towards Chinatown) and turn left on Cesar Chavez, which will turn into Sunset. First way is mildly uphill all the way, second way you get some climbs and descents. Take your pick. There are a million other ways to get there, of course, but if you just memorize that intersection you can't go wrong.
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