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A different look at the LA River

Christian Calderon

It's had cameos in "Terminator 2", "Grease" and other Hollywood films, but always as the waterless concrete monster running through the city of Los Angeles. As a result of some unpredictable floods, the banks of the LA River were turned to concrete in the 1930's and in the following years the river was for the most part forgotten.

Today there is a major effort to transform the LA River into its full potential and revitalize it into a real river that transforms communities.

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  • Lindsey Smith

    Thank you for sharing this awesome video! As an avid kayaker and a newcomer to LA, this project looks super exciting!!! Free community building in nature - what is better than that? I was checking out the website ( and it says that the program ran last summer (2012). Was it successful enough to continue the summer?

    • Christian Calderon

      The program as far as I know has been a great success, I think plans are still being worked out for the 2013 season which starts sometime in the Summer so I would be on the look-out for information updates. But if you haven't seen the river up close yet, the north atwater park location is a great place to check it out, glad you liked the video!

      • Lindsey Smith

        I will definitely keep my eyes out! You should create a do on the site when plans are in place. I am definitely going to check out the river soon!

  • Omar Brownson

    This hidden secret isn't going to be a secret for much longer. Kayak the LA River!