$1 Billion for Los Angeles River

June 9, 2014 - 1 minute read

Via LA Times and Louis Sahagun:

Federal officials gave a major boost Wednesday to the city’s plans to turn the Los Angeles River into an urban oasis for recreation and an inviting locale for new commercial and residential development.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said it has decided to recommend approval of an ambitious, $1-billion proposal to restore habitat, widen the river, create wetlands and provide access points and bike trails along an 11-mile stretch north of downtown through Elysian Park.

“I was tenacious about this — it’s a big win for the city,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said. “As I argued in the White House over and over, it’s the right thing for the ecology, it’s the right thing for the economy and for kids growing up being separated from downtown by a concrete flood control channel.”

A few weeks ago, Garcetti said, President Obama told him: “I think we’re on track for the L.A. River.”

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