Los Angeles River Its Life, Death, and Possible Rebirth

ISBN-10: 0801866421

ISBN-13: 9780801866425

Edition: 2001

Authors: Blake Gumprecht
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Description: Three centuries ago, the Los Angeles River meandered through marshes and forests of willow and sycamore. Trout spawned in its waters and grizzly bears roamed its shores. The bountiful environment the river helped create supported one of the largest concentrations of Indians in North America. Today, the river is made almost entirely of concrete. Chain-link fence and barbed wire line its course. Shopping carts and trash litter its channel. 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. Los Angeles would not exist were it not for the river, and the river was crucial to its growth. 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.

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Book details

List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 3/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.716
Language: English

Preface to the Paperback Edition
Introduction
The River as It Once Was
Sustenance for the Young Pueblo
Draining the River Dry
A Stream That Could Not Be Trusted
Fifty-one Miles of Concrete
Exhuming the River
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