Saving Compton's Creek

In a city famous for gangs, it's hard to imagine how a creek could improve life.
August 12, 2005, 1pm PDT | Brenda Meyer
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"To the advocates of open space who saw in Compton Creek the glimmer of a rare urban park within sight of water, the mall is a potential disaster. It’s not so much that the mall will be built — no one would dare oppose it completely — but that the mall is set to be built without any attention to the creek. Instead of incorporating the creek into its design, the way developers have for malls in other cities — San Diego’s Market Creek Plaza and Portland’s South Waterfront development, for example — Prism’s mall will have a concrete loading dock abutting the creek, architecturally snubbing it as wasteland that deserves no special favors, squandering any opportunity for green space or a strip of park along its east bank."

Thanks to Brenda Meyer

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Published on Wednesday, August 10, 2005 in LA Weekly
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