At 51 miles long, it’s one of America’s largest infrastructure projects
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 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.
River LA has been selected by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to be part of a two-year process to update the Los Angeles River Master Plan. The Master Plan Team will also include Frank Gehry, OLIN, and Geosyntec.
Soccer fields, picnic areas and hiking paths could be coming to communities along the 51-mile Los Angeles River, thanks in part to $100 million in bond money earmarked for river projects in the recently approved state budget.
As the threat of climate change and sea level rise becomes pressing, projects looking to save our country’s ecosystems have never been more important.
The North Atwater Bridge received official approval from the city in May, but what was to be a nearly $4 million gift to the city is now going to cost Angelenos millions more, as total expected expenses have surpassed $16 million.
In his column about state funding for revitalization efforts along the L.A. River, George Skelton pits one critical need (flood control) against another (park space).
The next few weeks will be crucial to future of a planned innovative North Atwater Village multi-modal bridge over the Los Angeles River.