Carren's Pitch

Life by Design

An idea is such a powerful thing. Once people are able to envision the future, they'll work tooth and nail to achieve it. I hope it happens at the Confluence of the LA River. 

Text by: Carren Jao
Edited by: Yosuke Kitazawa
Published: 04 Apr 2013, KCET

It only takes one look at the L.A. River-Arroyo Seco Confluence in Cypress Park to see why, despite increased support for revitalization around Los Angeles River, headway here has been moribund.

True to its name, at the Confluence, everything meets. As the river meanders its way downstream, the Metro Gold Line and Metrolink railways snake through its path, the 110 and the 5 dash across them. Industrial buildings line the riverside, making it more difficult for pedestrians to access the river. Layer after layer of infrastructure settles on top of the other, making matters more complicated for future redevelopments for the area.

"It's in a sad state now, candidly," said Timothy Brick, managing director of the Arroyo Seco Foundation. "But this proposal gives you an idea of how it can really be a gem for the whole Los Angeles river system." [read more]


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