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10/27/2014

Poetic Politics on the Los Angeles River

Posted by Carren Jao Pineda |

Lewis MacAdams is a figure in Los Angeles River development. It was my pleasure to sit down and chat with him about the road he's taken to where he is now. It was a frank, straightforward, often irreverent conversation. It was a refreshing change from a lot of rhetoric. 

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Text by: Carren Jao
Edited by: Yosuke Kitazawa
Published: 20 October 2014, KCET

Photo: KCET Departures

A godfather of the Los Angeles River, Lewis MacAdams is like the revered steelhead trout of the Los Angeles River, which swims to and fro freshwater rivers to saltwater oceans and back. A creature of multiple worlds, MacAdams is both poet and politician, but never quite one or the other.

"I've always struggled with being on the cusp of poetry and politics," says MacAdams, who just celebrated his seventh decade in this world this month, on October 12. [read more]

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