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City Gems

Exploring the LA River


Sunday Mar 17, 2013 (9am–4pm)


Various LA locations




Hidden Los Angeles says…

Have you ever really seen the LA River? Do you ACTUALLY know anything about it? Sure, maybe you've passed a concrete slab with an LA River sign... but do you know the *true* stories of the river's past and present beyond the fictional details you remember from seeing the movie Chinatown? And what about its future? Everyone may think they know what the LA River is, and many have heard that it's being revitalized. But who knows where and what exactly is happening along its banks? There's much more to the story than meets the eye as you pass from a speeding car while commuting.

So join us as we walk and drive along the river, to talk about its central role in the city's history and the necessity of the ambitious revitalization projects to LA's future. The tour convenes at the Los Angeles River Center & Gardens (570 W Ave. 26, near the 5/110) where we form carpools, and stops at the verdant Glendale Narrows, the historic Arroyo Seco confluence, and the industrial downtown stretch that everyone's seen in movies and on TV.