Coro Fellows Seek the Logic of the L.A. River

September 16, 2010 § Leave a comment

I had the pleasure of showing off the L.A. River to the 2010-2011 class of Los Angeles Coro fellows last week, then attending their presentation earlier this week. Above is a short video they did as part of their presentation on “The Logic of the Los Angeles River.” The video features Urban Semillas‘ Miguel Luna, FoLAR‘s Shelly Backlar, yours truly, and others.

Coro is a non-profit organization that works to develop civic leadership. They offer a competitive nine-month full-time fellowship in public affairs. Figuring out the mighty Los Angeles River was the first assignment for the first week of the latest class of Coro fellows, who include: Patrick Atwater, Farid Ben Amor, Andrew DeBlock, Tim Golden, Elana Goldstein, Jessica Gray, Antoinette Grier, Thuy Huynh, Leticia Munoz, Thalia Roussos, Corinne Tapia and Katherine Young.

I met up with the fellows at Duck Park – a North East Trees street-end mini-park in Elysian Valley – located where Meadowvale Avenue dead-ends into the river. The fellows had a lot of great questions, and it’s great for me to have an excuse to show off the nicest part of the river.

A week is clearly not enough time to solve all the issues with L.A.’s river… but the river does offer a window into the sometimes wonderful, sometimes intractable spectrum of issues affecting urban areas: parks, water, public safety, neighborhood, gentrification, community… and more.

Good luck to the fellows as they continue their year-long fellowship!

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