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The pros and cons of a billion-dollar facelift for the LA River

by John Rabe, Molly Peterson, and Kitty Felde | Off-Ramp®

KPCC's environment reporter Molly Peterson surveys the gritty beauty of the LA River from the soon-to-be-demolished Figueroa Street Bridge. John Rabe

The US Army Corps of Engineers has approved a $1-billion plan to beautify 11 miles of one of the ugliest rivers in the world. Or maybe, since it's LA, we should call it shabby chic.

I went to the soon-to-be-demolished Figueroa St bridge that crosses the river in Cypress Park to meet KPCC's environment reporter Molly Peterson to talk about the high points of the plan, and some of the potential problems it might cause - like pricing-out current residents of poorer neighborhoods like Frogtown.

Then, I talked with KPCC's Washington DC bureau chief, Kitty Felde, who was standing on the banks of the Anacostia, a river that's been rehabbed to great effect in the nation's capitol, for an idea of what might be in LA's future.


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