The Manhattan Waterfront Greenway, which wraps 32 miles around the island, transforms what was a long-ignored and derelict waterfront into a green attraction for recreation, wellness and commuting, generates economic benefits and promotes conservation values in the dense urban setting of New York City. The Greenway is a best practice example of how to revitalize rivers and inner cities across the nation
The city and county of Los Angeles have long-term plans to green the 52-mile Los Angeles River. Progress has been made through community struggles for Rio de Los Angeles State Park, Los Angeles State Historic Park, and multibenefit clean water and park projects. The Department of Interior has also named the L.A. River one of seven urban waters priorities across the nation. President Barack Obama has designated the greening of the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Rivers as one of the top 101 priorities across the nation for his America’s Great Outdoors initiative, out of only two per state. Greening the San Gabriel River is actually much further along, providing a scenic 40 mile biking and hiking route from the mountains to the ocean.
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