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L.A. River Restoration Challenged by Gentrification, Environmental Concerns

A massive effort to restore the Los Angeles River to more public access and open space amentias continues to raise the specter of gentrification in neighborhoods already feeling the pressure of the housing market.
September 30, 2019, 9am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"Los Angeles’s twin challenges of building more housing while restoring its namesake waterway are clashing along a shady 11-mile stretch of the Los Angeles River between downtown and the hills of Griffith Park," according to an article by Louis Sahaguan.

A seven-acre, 419-unit development known as the Casitas Lofts provides the article's example of the clash between the twin challenges described by Sahaguan. "Proponents tout it as a potential gateway to the new Bowtie State Park and a catalyst for enlivening more of the river with snazzy development and bike trails," according to Sahaguan. "But opponents — including many nearby residents, the influential nonprofit Friends of the Los Angeles River and the Natural Resources Defense Council — contend the development would disrupt habitat restoration efforts, trigger gentrification and erode the area’s allure."

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Published on Sunday, September 29, 2019 in Los Angeles Times
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