Posted March 15th 2010 at 11:15 pm by
in Art and Culture Mapping on the LA River, Los Angeles

Envisioning Boardwalks and Wetlands on the LA River

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Patty Lundeen of BREAK Urban drew this map, scanned it, and emailed it to us. Her map looks at ways to capitalize on current assets on the LA River, such as adding a pedestrian bridge to complement existing parks. Previous maps in this series also emphasize that the river is already rich in physical and cultural assets.

Look at the red line she’s drawn on the right side of the Lower Arroyo Seco. Her accompanying words say, “landmark mural that ‘someone’ painted over”. Her note refers to the 2007 Meeting of Styles:LA event, in which over 200 graffiti artists came to donate their artwork to the river’s concrete walls. They created approximately 10,000 square feet of graffiti art. LA County Supervisor Gloria Molina subsequently ordered that the mural be removed. This is a picture of a partially whitewashed portion of the mural:

Image credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/auntylaurie/ / CC BY 2.0

Lundeen knows the River well. “I designed the water feature that is going to be at Confluence Park (currently under construction) with WET and Mia Lehrer’s office,” she said. I volunteer for FoLAR (Friends of the LA River) that has offices at the LA River Center. I sometimes help lead walking tours of this section of the river for school groups.”

If you would like to submit your vision for the LA River, please download the blank map here and mail to:

John Arroyo
MIT CoLab
77 Massachusetts Avenue, Room 7-307
Cambridge, MA 02139

or email it to colabradio@mit.edu

post by John Arroyo and Alexa Mills

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