The area along the Los Angeles River near downtown served as an “Ellis Island” for the region. People of color and low-income people disproportionately live along the river, lack parks, green space, and school fields, and are burdened by toxics, pollution, and health vulnerabilities. The history of people along the river is a history of displacement. People who fought epic battles to green the river face gentrification and displacement from their homes and jobs, as neighborhoods become greener, more desirable, and more expensive. Whose dreams will come true, and who will be left behind by river revitalization? The values at stake shape the kind of society where we want to live and raise children, along the river and beyond. It’s our river.
Read the stories by The City Project in the Smithsonian Anacostia Urban Waterways Newsletter (# 6 Spring 2016):
Nancy Negrete, Memories of the Southern Los Angeles River.
Robert García, The Flow of History along the L.A. River.