Storytime along the L.A. River

Photo by Nicole Possert

Note: The Eastsider welcomes Highland Park resident Nicole Possert as a contributing writer & photographer covering neighborhood history and preservation.

By Nicole Possert

Capturing and documenting contemporary life is arguably the first step to creating our shared history.  On Saturday in Elysian Valley, the L.A. River StoryShare initiative was doing just that with their first recording event.  The team at KCET’s Departures program recorded audio and video interviews of a broad spectrum of people who shared their stories, memories and experiences with the Los Angeles River.

“Our goal is to create a collective narrative cartography of neighborhood stories by exposing the subjective and personal history through the eyes of community members,” stated a press release issued by Los Angeles City Councilmember Ed Reyes, who has partnered with KCET and the L.A. Conservation Corps for this history-making initiative. “During and following the LA River StoryShare events, the public can upload personal stories to the KCET story platform.”

This recording event was done in conjunction with the celebration, hosted by Los Angeles City Councilmember Eric Garcetti, to officially open the Elysian Valley Pedestrian/Bike Path – just under three miles of shared pathway along the bank of the L.A. River from Fletcher Drive to Barclay through Elysian Valley.

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