Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Morning Report: L.A. River plan gets a $1 billion boost; Boyle Heights bike tour backfires on real estate company; old Riverside bridge seems doomed; @HiddenCash turns up in Los Feliz

LAVANDERIA, East Los Angeles | Steve Saldivar/MyEastLA

News & Notes:

  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said it will recommend to Congress an approximately $1 billion proposal to revitalize the L.A. River between Griffith Park and downtown,  reports the L.A. Times.  The Army Corp  had initially backed a much smaller concept but changed its position after the city offered to split the cost of the project 50-50 with the federal government. It’s not clear from the story, however, how  L.A. will pay for its share.
  • A bike tour of Boyle Heights organized by a real estate company has been cancelled after stirring up a backlash among those concerned about gentrification, reports KPCC.  The May 31 tour was designed to entice downtown renters to buy homes across the river in Boyle Heights.
  • The Board of Public Works voted against saving the old Riverside bridge from demolition, reports the L.A. Times.  The idea to preserve the L.A. River bridge linking Cypress Park and Elysian Valley was raised last year by an Elysian Valley architect as the city prepared to demolish the structure, which is being replaced by a new bridge.  City officials argued that saving and maintaining the old bridge would be costly and could threaten funding for the new bridge. The old concrete and metal-truss bridge is scheduled to be demolished in a few weeks.

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