An ongoing debate has long accompanied proposed plans to revitalize the Los Angeles River: Will green gentrification displace low-income communities along the waterway? A strategy called “land banking” should help prevent that.
The LA River’s time is now. Since the mid 20th century, the Los Angeles River served to protect residents from rare flooding, but it is time for the 51 miles of the LA River to be reimagined as a multi-benefit public resource providing opportunities for positive environmental impacts, equitable access to open space, and much more.
River LA is a nonprofit on a mission to integrate design and infrastructure to bring people, water and nature together across all 51 miles of the LA River. To achieve this mission, they work as collaborators, facilitators, and conveners of LA River stakeholders to catalyze innovation and meaningful community engagement to drive the reimagination of the LA River into a 51-mile multi-benefit public resource for all of Los Angeles County. In 2014, a team comprised of River LA and both private and public sector consultants began developing the LA River Index based on 25 years of existing data to evaluate and maximize the river’s possibilities. Today, River LA is working to integrate this commitment to responsible design with Los Angeles County’s Master Plan for the revitalization of the river. Today, the River LA team is currently coordinating the public engagement efforts for the Los Angeles County’s Master Plan Update, developing partnerships to accelerate education about and connectivity to the LA River, and using technology to creatively educate and seek feedback from community residents about the LA River.
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|Infrastructure Type||Waterfront / Waterway|
|Status||Advocacy & Design|
|Opening||To be determined|
|Design Team||Gehry Partners, OLIN, Geosyntec|
To be determined; the United States Army Corps of Engineers currently manages the channel with Los Angeles County
|Project Leader||Kate Moulene|
Latest News / River LA
The River LA Board of Directors voted this week to name Ed Reyes the next Executive Director of River LA. As a former Los Angeles Councilmember and long-standing advocate for the revitalization of the LA River, Reyes will bring nearly 20 years of momentum knitting together community members, government, and other non-profits in support of the Los Angeles River.
A new report from UCLA and the University of Utah surveys High Line Network members on strategies for “greening without gentrification”