The LA River, contained in concrete

Its sad, but true: the LA River is not the main attraction of Los Angeles.  It is not what tourists consider among their star maps and beach trips, nor is it a destination for residents on a day off.  For the most part lacking any resemblance of a “typical river”, its become a bit of a joke to the people of the city.  However, the Los Angeles River was (and arguably still is) a huge part of the natural ecosystem of the valleys so many millions now call home, the core of what drew people to the area hundreds of years ago.  Throughout history, cities have been built and thrived by rivers, and yet many could not find ours on a map.  Though much of it is currently encased in concrete, and it does not serve the same function exactly as it once did, the City of Los Angeles, along with the Army Corps of Engineers and countless non-profits and NGOs, have decided we can no longer turn our backs to this wonderful resource that contains so much potential.

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