AirTalk for May 29, 2014

LA River gets a billion dollar bump

Los Angeles River Bridges Declared Historic-Cultural Monuments

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The Los Angeles River flows under the 6th Street Bridge on February 21, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.

In an unexpected move, the  Army Corps of Engineers has accepted Mayor Garcetti’s push to help revitalize an 11 mile stretch of the LA River. All this, in order to restore habitat, widen the river, remove concrete, create wetlands, and much more.

The LA Times said, “Under terms of the proposal, the $1.08 billion cost would be shared equally by the federal government and city and state sources.” Mayor Garcetti said, "I was tenacious about this — it's a big win for the city…” But, what exactly is in store for the river?

Could new business, interested in spurring an “urban renaissance” serve as a boon for jobs and quality of life for Angelenos with offerings of new restaurants, access to recreation, and upscale housing?  

What about current river communities who are worried they’ll be priced out of their homes? What about the environmentalists, concerned their interests and efforts in protecting the river will be thwarted?

Guest:

Lewis MacAdams, Founder of Friends of the LA River (FOLAR)

 


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