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Elysian Valley welcomes park expansion

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ELYSIAN VALLEY -- Residents and public officials on Saturday gathered to celebrate the transformation of a former dirt lot in Elysian Valley into a river-adjacent recreational oasis. Read More »

A sky-high view of the Figueroa-Riverside Bridge demolition

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The Figueroa-Riverside Bridge appears to be getting more attention in its final days than it had in several decades as photographers chronicle its demolition from different angles. These aerial shots came from TopViewPix, an aerial real estate photography firm that is located a short distance from the bridge in Elysian Valley. Read More »

Breaking up the Figueroa-Riverside Bridge

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Workers have begun dismantling the steel and concrete Figueroa-Riverside bridge a few weeks after a grassroots campaign to save and reuse the L.A. River span failed to change the minds of city officials. Read More »

For Sale: PRICE REDUCED: Elysian Valley Creative Compound!

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2715 Fruitdale St | Map 674,000 | Property Website OPEN HOUSE: July 13th 1-4pm! Motivated Seller!! Unique opportunity to own a 3 unit creative compound in prime Elysian Valley. An excellent live-work opportunity, the secluded property features two homes and a commercial studio, perfect for musicians, ... Read More »

Lost in Elysian Valley: Lost–Black Cat

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He was taken from Pasadena and his collar was found at Blake/Harwood. He is very sweet/mellow and answers to the name “Edgar”. He’s an all black adult male with no white markings and yellow eyes. I am beyond crushed by him being taken. Reward for anyone ... Read More »

With demolition near, a wake is held for old Figueroa-Riverside Bridge

Wake for old Figueroa-Riverside Bridge. Photo by Nathan Solis 6-8-2014 6-21-08 PM

On Sunday,  a group of locals gathered on  the old  Figueroa-Riverside bridge for what was  described as a wake for the  structure that  spans the L.A. River   between Cypress Park and Elysian Valley.  With demolition eminent, families picnicked on the bridge, mothers played tag and ... Read More »

L.A. Council members make a big splash on the L.A. River

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Echo Park’s Lotus Festival used to be the scene of an annual canoe race between employees or rival council districts.  But maybe now it’s time to move that competition to the L.A. River.  That’s where council members Mitch O’Farrell and Nury Martinez raced in kayaks in ... Read More »

5 Questions for L.A. River kayaker and neighborhood councilman Steve Appleton

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Elysian Valley artist Steve Appleton lived a Huckleberry Finn lifestyle growing up in Michigan near natural springs, rivers and other bodies of water. So it’s no surprise to find Appleton leading groups down the Los Angeles River via kayak as a tour guide for L.A. River ... Read More »

New Riverside Drive bridge opens to traffic

One day after a city commission voted against preserving the old Riverside Drive bridge, traffic began flowing on the partially completed, replacement bridge being constructed next to the old structure that links Cypress Park and Elysian Valley. Traffic was shifted today from the old, L-shaped  bridge (pictured ... Read More »

L.A. River becomes a hot property

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ELYSIAN VALLEY — The reopening of the L.A. River on Memorial Day for a summer of kayaking, fishing and hiking is a reminder of the channel’s potential to create a miles-long park and recreation zone in the middle of the city. But the revival of the ... Read More »