Carren's Pitch

Life by Design

A new masterplan for the LA River...or at least, a revised one. It's big news for the city, but the problem is, not a lot of people were in the loop. Is it the way to go? I don't know, but I do know that the dust this kicked up only emphasizes how important the river is becoming to the city. 

Text by: Carren Jao 
Edited by: Carribean Fragoza
Published: 20 August 2015, KCET

The Los Angeles River isn't just a waterway wrapped in concrete. In the decades since tons of gloomy gray matter was poured over this wild river, it has morphed from a derelict, forgotten watercourse, good only for film shootings of dystopian futures and rebellious countercultures, into a symbol of hope yet to be realized.

As with many things yet to take on solid form, the Los Angeles River has become a symbol, for all the things that Los Angeles might become in the next few decades. It has become a mirror of everyone's dreams. As such, it has birthed a fractured and multi-layered vision of what the Los Angeles River could be.

If you need further proof of the LA River's symbolic power, look no further than the recent brouhaha over the Los Angeles Times exclusive, which revealed that local starchitect Frank Gehry has been tapped by the Mayor's office and the Los Angeles River Revitalization to rebrand the river. [read more]


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