Map Your L.A. River Dreams
February 24, 2010 § 2 Comments
Well, mainly the central part of it – from around Griffith Park to Downtown Los Angeles, including the lower stretch of the Arroyo Seco. What he calls the “Los Angeles River Eastside”… and what east is east and what west is west is a point of contention for Angelenos (though I know for certain that the river is the dividing line.)
John Arroyo is a native Angeleno who is doing his Urban Planning master’s thesis at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT.) He’s studying the interactions between culture and movements afoot to re-envision and revitalize the river. He defines culture pretty broadly – from informal to formal – from graffiti to poetry to dance to you name it.
In his words, he’s hoping to answer these questions:
What types of cultural activity are occurring along the River and to what extent? How can the lessons learned from the River’s cultural activity patterns play a role in the River’s transformation and inform public policy and urban design to create and sustain spaces for cultural expression?
One tool he’s using is community-generated mapping. He’s distributed a blank map that he’s asking anyone interested to fill in and mail back to him. He’s posted a blank downloadable version and a cool filled-in example here. Get mapping!