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9 Views of the LA River Today and Before It Was Paved in 1938

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The Los Angeles River is on the verge of a new era. In the few years since the "flood control channel" was reclassified as a "navigable waterway," the region has re-embraced its oddball amalgam of concrete and nature, which winds 51 miles from the San Fernando Valley out to the ocean in Long Beach. A $1-billion-plus plan to restore 11 miles north of Downtown LA has been working its way through federal approvals, starchitect Frank Gehry has taken on a revitalization project for the full length of the river that could involve both branding and water reclamation, LA will host an art biennial centered on the river, the river is a main selling point in the city's bid for the 2024 Olympics, and developers are now clamoring to build along the river's banks.

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