Friday, April 29, 2011

Red Car Property To The LA River: Through A Tourist's Eyes

Photo: D. Hibbs, April 23, 2011.  The current guerrilla art on the historic viaduct footings was more interesting from behind. (Click on photo to enlarge.) 

Last weekend, visitors from out-of-state joined us for a hike up the Red Car Property to the LA River and back through Elysian Valley.  They commented (without prompting) on how lucky we were, living in such a densely populated neighborhood surrounded by freeways, to have a natural resource like the Red Car Property to link us to the LA River. 

Photo: D. Hibbs, April 23, 2011.  The walk down Fletcher, between the Red Car Property and the river, is more challenging than usual because of an unnamed pubic works project choking traffic down to one lane.  (Click on photo to enlarge.)  

The LA River Revitalization Master Plan (LARRMP), calls for narrowing Fletcher to one lane in both directions.  This is a stupid idea for a major commuter route leading to the 5 & 2 Freeways, as well as the secondary highway of Riverside Drive.  Let's hope this unnamed public works project is not the implementation of the LARRMP's narrowing of Fletcher. 

Photo: D. Hibbs, April 23, 2011. The DWP power station is on the Atwater side of the river (seen from Crystal St. and Fletcher). (Click on photo to enlarge.)