Back to the Future in L.A.

Posted on June 12, 2014 by

The downtown portion of  the Los Angeles River will be liberated.

Plans and money are now in place to “dechannelize” the waterway and recreate a living breathing river with adjacent parks, other urban amenities and – yes – high-end residential and commercial development.

Hats off to the Friends of the L.A. River for its vision and tenacity and to Mayor Eric Garcetti for nailing down a billion bucks from the Obama Administration to get the project moving.

It’s the most important conservation achievement in Southern California since the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy was formed in the 80s to protect the nation’s largest “urban” mountain range.  The L.A. River restoration (already underway up and downstream) will transform the garbage–strewn blight downtown and in East L.A. into an ecologically and tourist-friendly destination.  (Read Tom Hayden‘s analysis of the public / private dimensions of the project).

Finally, LA River Restoration is another ingredient in the reshaping of this region.  The soon-to-be completed Expo light rail line to the beach is a modern-day re-do of the old Red Car system dismantled in the 50s.

As if L.A is rediscovering its past to invent its future.

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  1. Lenny Potash says:

    I am pleased about the light rail expansion and quite excited about the L.A. River project, long overdue. Of course, the devil is in the details.

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