Carren's Pitch

Life by Design

I'm all for Steve's suggestion. Development shouldn't come at the expense of those who were there first.

Text by: Carren Jao
Edited by: Yosuke Kitazawa
Published: 07 Aug 2013, KCET

Photos: Courtesy of LA River Kayak Safari
With a slate of new art projects, bike paths, parks, and public works planned, who can deny that the Los Angeles River has become a hotbed for development ideas?

Most of the time, that spells good news. It means more economic investment along a waterway that's historically been ignored. It also presents new opportunities for Los Angeles to change its relationship with local sources of water for the better. But, for entrenched neighborhoods along the Los Angeles River, the effects of these developments can sometimes mean inadvertently pushing out the very people that have lived closest to it. As Jenny Price noted, one of the toughest challenges of revitalizing the Los Angeles River is "Trying to do things that resist gentrification ... L.A. has proven historically really bad at doing that." [read more]


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