The 52-mile long river that snakes its way through one of the densest urban areas in the nation has long been overlooked in the city of Los Angeles. But there has been a push in recent years to revive the river and improve the areas along its banks. Many see the river as a golden opportunity for mixed-use and recreational development, but prohibitive costs and the danger of flooding are hurdles in the way.
An excerpt of the audio:
"PHILIP FRANCO: 'We're in the desert. We need this water.'
ERIC CRAWFORD: 'Could there ultimately be cafes on the L.A. River where you just have a glass of wine?'
PHILIP FRANCO: 'Maybe taco trucks certain parts of the day.' (Laughter)
REPORTER ILSA SETZIOL: 'In fact, many Angelinos now want a lot from this river: more parks, cleaner water, a fix for neglected neighborhoods, and a healthier inner city.' "