Los Angeles Says Yes To River Restoration Plan

<p>A $2 billion plan to transform the Los Angeles River from a concrete-lined flood control channel into park-lined urban waterway received final approval from the city's leaders.</p>
May 10, 2007, 10am PDT | Christian Madera | @cpmadera
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"Embracing an ambitious and expensive vision, the Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday approved 12-0 a long-awaited blueprint for revitalizing the much-maligned Los Angeles River.

The plan -- which itself cost $3 million -- calls for spending as much as $2 billion over the next half century on more than 200 projects along the 31 miles of riverbed within Los Angeles' city limits."

"It took five years to frame the details, but the roots of the proposed river restoration go back to a fledgling group of environmentalists who in the late 1980s began insisting that the river could be much more than a concrete-lined flood control channel.

Among the proposed projects are dozens of new parks and pedestrian walkways and bridges. The plan also calls for some river-adjacent areas to be rezoned to allow for more housing to be built near the waterway and its parks."

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Published on Wednesday, May 9, 2007
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