To Beautify L.A., Just Add Water And Stir Renewal

Los Angeles considers a waterfront plan for the L.A. River - a concrete sluice.

February 10, 2003, 5:00 AM PST

By Chris Steins @urbaninsight

"Outside the city, the graffiti-lined concrete channel has become one of the best-known symbols of Los Angeles. Cutting a 51-mile swath through dozens of communities, the ominously abandoned flood-control ditch has often played the apocalyptic backdrop in major sci-fi films. .. Now, city officials are looking into revitalizing major stretches of the channel - which, after all, was once a real river - into a world-class waterfront. The idea is to return some lost soul to the city's most neglected individual neighborhoods."

Thanks to Chris Steins

Monday, February 10, 2003 in The Christian Science Monitor


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