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12,700 Photographs Are Worth A Lot Of Words

An ongoing photographic survey of the California coastline reveals dramatic changes since a similar 1979 survey.
July 25, 2004, 1pm PDT | Abhijeet Chavan | @legalaidtech
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Kenneth Adelman had thought the entire coastline of California had never been photographed before. "Future generations would have a reference point, from Crescent City to Imperial Beach, to help preserve the state’s greatest attraction. The result was the California Coastal Records Project, an online repository of 12,000 aerial photos of every inch of the state’s seaside – even the part that includes Barbra Streisand’s home." What he didn't know was that the state had conducted similar surveys in 1972 and 1979. Comparing the three sets of photos tells a troubling story.

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Published on Thursday, July 22, 2004 in LA City Beat
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