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Old 12-22-2010, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Dallas,Texas
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The City of Los Angeles has committed to restore the river over 50 year time period. Originally the river was a free flowing river. The LA river had a major flood in the 1930s, so the river channel was encased in concrete.



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Old 12-22-2010, 12:33 PM
 
Location: Tower of Heaven
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The City of Los Angeles has committed to restore the river over 50 year time period. Originally the river was a free flowing river. The LA river had a major flood in the 1930s, so the river channel was encased in concrete.



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They have big money problems, near bankruptcy, where did they have the money to finance it ?
It's a good idea for this beautiful city, but I don't understand...
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Old 12-22-2010, 12:39 PM
 
Location: Dallas,Texas
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They have big money problems, near bankruptcy, where did they have the money to finance it ?
It's a good idea for this beautiful city, but I don't understand...

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Old 12-22-2010, 12:40 PM
 
Location: New England & The Maritimes
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I hear Los Angeles has been creating some new rivers over the last week or so.
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Old 12-22-2010, 12:41 PM
 
Location: Dallas,Texas
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I hear Los Angeles has been creating some new rivers over the last week or so.
It has been flooding in Los Angeles lately.........
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Old 12-22-2010, 11:33 PM
 
Location: Pasadena
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I've visited the Rio de Los Angeles park where the Friends of LA River are headquartered. The master plan looks fantastic but funding is limited unless the county raises taxes or governor Brown finds some money.
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Old 12-22-2010, 11:57 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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It's a great plan with broad political and community support but as others have stated funding issues will mean this will take many years to happen.

The current state of the LA River is a reminder of ONE of the LA's TWO biggest historical urban planning mistakes:

1. The failure to implement the Olmsted Park and Open Space Plan in 1930.

The plan was created by the sons of the great landscape architect (Frederick Law Olmsted who designed Central Park). The Olmsted Plan for LA would have created THOUSDANDS of acres of open space with the LA River as the "necklace" connecting all the parkland into a network of greenbelts and parks.

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2. Dismantling what was the largest inter-urban rail system in the nation.

Current efforts at building rail and re-claiming the LA River will help repair those mistakes.

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Old 12-23-2010, 06:12 PM
 
Location: Mt Washington: NELA
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All true. I have the book on Olmstead's plans for the river- interesting (and ultimately, sad) stuff. And I believe the grand plan for the park is scaled back due to budget issues.

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It's a great plan with broad political and community support but as others have stated funding issues will mean this will take many years to happen.

The current state of the LA River is a reminder of ONE of the LA's TWO biggest historical urban planning mistakes:

1. The failure to implement the Olmsted Park and Open Space Plan in 1930.

The plan was created by the sons of the great landscape architect (Frederick Law Olmsted who designed Central Park). The Olmsted Plan for LA would have created THOUSDANDS of acres of open space with the LA River as the "necklace" connecting all the parkland into a network of greenbelts and parks.

The City Project

2. Dismantling what was the largest inter-urban rail system in the nation.

Current efforts at building rail and re-claiming the LA River will help repair those mistakes.
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Old 12-25-2010, 06:58 PM
 
Location: North Hills, CA
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Efforts are continuing at both the public as well as private levels. One plan is for rain-water "harvesting." City of Downey is practicing it and LA is "trying." You are right about budgeting, which stalls redesign and redevelopment considerably. One thing that we can do is to develop small wetlands where feasible. A second is to install permeable paving (or collection wells) in new developments. To avoid causing soil liquefaction in the event of earthquake, the wells need to be about 40 feet deep, filled with gravel and designed to avoid leaching pollutants into the aquifers. Nevertheless, this is very doable and has the potential for reclaiming much of the water imported from elsewhere in the state, only to run off into the ocean here!
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Old 05-25-2013, 12:01 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Section of L.A. River opens for kayaking, recreation - latimes.com
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