Every time you flush your toilet you use the City of Los Angeles’ sewage treatment infrastructure. But what exactly happens to that waste once it enters the sewer system and where does it go? Those are just a few of the questions that I sought to answer when I arranged a tour of the Bureau […]
Los Angeles abounds with organizations dedicated to improving life in the city’s many neighborhoods. One such group is North East Trees (NET), a grassroots, community-based environmental non-profit that designs and builds parks that “…provide passive recreation opportunities and serve as gateways to bike paths, pedestrian and equestrian trails.”
Imagine a completely car-free bike highway running right through the middle of Los Angeles, from Canoga Park to Long Beach. That vision is already becoming a reality and significant segments of the LA River Bikeway exist today, but there is more work to do before all 51 miles of this exciting project are completed.
When people think of revitalizing the LA River, using it as a venue for movie screenings doesn’t usually come to mind. But that’s exactly the sort of activity the LA River Revitalization Corporation (LARRC) seeks to promote as it raises funds for a LA River Bike-In Movie Theater.
Water has long been the most prized resource in Los Angeles. Indeed, the city’s history and growth is inextricably linked to the development of infrastructure required to import water from the Eastern Sierra and other regions.
While the Los Angeles River was the main water source for El Pueblo de la Reina de Los Angeles when it was founded in 1781, population growth outstripped the river’s ability to meet the city’s increasing thirst. Enter William Mulholland, the first superintendent of the new municipal Water Department. Under his leadership, the city constructed the Los Angeles Aqueduct, a five-year project completed in 1913 that brought water from the lush Owens Valley to semi-arid Los Angeles.
Three recent articles published by The Atlantic’s online site Cities: Place Matters provide differing perspectives on the future of greater Los Angeles. While the news is not all good, what’s clear is that some progress is being made to address the region’s looming environmental problems. Now, if only all the planning and good intentions can become a reality.
This weekend Burbank Water and Power (BWP) will host a community celebration and dedication ceremony to mark the completion of California’s first comprehensive, sustainable utility campus. Working with Los Angeles-based landscape architecture firm AHBE, BWP has transformed the facility from an aging industrial site into a state-of-the-art regenerative green space and a model for other public and private entities around the nation.