L.A. River Corridor Project Moving Forward
A more verdant section of the LA River in Atwater Village (Photo by Atwater Village Newbie via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
Fueled by a grant from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department, the ambitious River Corridor Project is moving forward, according to the Daily News.
The plan is to turn the area surrounding the LA River into a usable public space that rivals the famous San Antonio River Walk:
Coordinated by the Community Redevelopment Agency, the 2,300-acre River Corridor Project would convert a hard-scrabble industrial area into river-oriented parks and trails, along with residential neighborhoods, "green" businesses and shopping and dining destinations.
This is just one of two projects going ahead in the area; in the Glendale section of the L.A. River is where the Glendale Narrows River Walk is being built, which is a three-phase endeavor that will transform the one-mile-long urban landscape into "three riverside parks and a series of trails."The area Los Angeles is seeking to redevelop "stretches from Glendale's southern boarder to the 110 Freeway, and includes portions of Atwater Village, Cypress Park and Glassell Park." Plans include incorporating existing spaces, like Taylor Yard and Rio de Los Angeles State Park into the redevelopment, and to build a new high school at the Yard.