Los Angeles River
Al Selvin knew a great city, train line, bike path, restaurant and musician when he saw it. I hope we will continue to make L.A. a city worthy of his blessed memory.
Elysian Valley -- colloquially known as Frogtown -- will be transformed. Frogtown for now is one in an endless list of those neighborhoods existing in Los Angeles that, while locate-able on a map, hasn't ever registered on a collective radar. Until now.
In case you missed the bulletin, Los Angeles is in the midst of a historic drought. We also have the nation's worst traffic and air pollution, and we're the least affordable city in the Lower 48 for millennials to buy a home.
Art has the power to illuminate, interrogate, celebrate and invigorate a moment in time worth remembering, or simply to give a kid who needs one an outlet louder and bigger than his self-doubt.
But the most famous part is the river's concrete sprint near Downtown, which has become a mega movie star in its own right
Ken Bernstein, manager of policy planning for the department, said there was a problem with the initial maps that were published
The mayor and all top California elected officials, plus 10,000 petition-signers, are pushing Alternative 20. It alone has the power to leverage the river the way cities such as San Luis Obispo or San Antonio do: as a central urban artery and park system, that is also a healthy ecosystem.
Although it doesn't rain often in Los Angeles, when it does, it pours. In less than 20 days a year, LA averages about 15 inches of rain. And the major riverine artery of LA, the Los Angeles River, is one of the fastest and steepest flowing rivers in an urban environment.
For longtime Angelenos, the Los Angeles River has represented little more than a concrete scar across the county. Although largely justified in the past, that perception has failed to keep pace with the river's emerging new realities and its potential to become one of the grandest urban greenways in America.
View L.A. River Pilot Recreation Zone - Summer 2013 in a larger map The river's revitalization project, decades in the making
By doing the right thing, Los Angeles County officials, like many of their counterparts around the country, would learn that embracing green infrastructure is not only good for public health and smart environmental policy.
We've come a long way L.A. since 2006, when pioneering river enthusiasts were forced out of the water with their canoes by helicopter cops who warned it was against the law to recreate in the L.A. River.
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