The Los Angeles River: Its Life, Death, and Possible Rebirth explores the possibilities of a new river. Three centuries ago, the L.A. River created a bountiful environment that helped create supported one of the largest concentrations of Native Americans in North America. Today, the river is made almost entirely of concrete. Little water flows in the river most of the year, and nearly all that does is treated sewage and oily street runoff. On much of its course, the river looks more like a deserted freeway than a river.
The river's contemporary image belies its former character and its importance to the development of Southern California.Recognizing its past and future potential, a potent movement has developed to revitalize its course. The Los Angeles River offers the first comprehensive account of a river that helped give birth to one of the world's great cities, significantly shaped its history, and promises to play a key role in its future.
- 384 pages, 7 x 10 x 0.9 in.