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Re-Making the Los Angeles River

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What does a city do with a river running through it that seems to be more in the way of downtown life than an integral part of it -- especially when that river is a concrete culvert, not a meandering waterway with vegetated banks and overhanging trees?

Start a project, called the LA River Downtown Design Dialogue as a way of generating achievable ideas for transforming portions of the river into attractively designed urban oases, that's what.

The project, according to its web site, "celebrates the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the City's Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan by envisioning ways to implement the goals of the Plan while responding to the current context of public and private investment in the Downtown LA River corridor."

To that end, seven design firms were asked to each take a specific downtown segment of the river and come up with design treatments.

Specifically, the designers were asked to visualize possibilities that bear in mind projects that are currently underway; concentrate on improving access and connectivity; and, place emphasis on function while also providing world-class designs.

The images compiled by the group of designers show a variety of invigorating possibilities, from active play areas to open space to private and public development to connectivity.

One idea, close to Dodger Stadium in Chavez Ravine, incorporates a series of walk/bike-ways that connects the area known as Confluence Park with that of Elysian Park. Portions of the walk/bike-ways would be shaded by trees lining either side of them. Commuter train tracks look to be placed underneath the park area along the river. And those concrete embankments have, in places, been replaced with terraced garden areas.

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Jim Lillie

Jim began writing for newspapers and designing for publishing companies at a time when both industries were just beginning to make the switch from manual to digital platforms. Jim lives in Boulder, Colorado with his teenage son.

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