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Los Angeles River – South (Downtown – Long Beach)

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The rain finally broke yesterday and I was able to go on a FoLAR (Friends of the Los Angeles River) sponsored Los Angeles River tour that covered the south half of river from downtown out to the harbor in Long Beach. This is a section of the river that I didn’t know as well, since it is farther away from where I live. It was a gorgeous day and you could see the snow capped mountains in the distance at many of our stops along the river.

We stopped first in downtown Los Angeles at a section of the river that is frequently used in filming movies and TV shows. I believe the car chase in Grease was filmed in this section of the river. Then we headed to Maywood where we visited a new neighborhood park that is right up against the river. After that we had a quick stop at Compton Creek but the gates were locked due to the recent flooding. Compton Creek a soft bottom tributary of the LA River. After that we tacos and then stopped at at the constructed wetland next to the LA River in North Long Beach. This was my favorite stop. The river is wider here and they have build great bike paths and bridal trails along the river. Parallel to the river, and right next to it, is a lnear constructed wetland. There were a bunch of people on horse back riding along the river. I’ll write more about this part of the river in a later blog post. And finally we stopped an the constructed wetland at the harbor near the Queen Mary. I expected to see a lot of trash at the last stop but it has all been washed out to sea by the storms.

Here are a few of the images of the trip. Click on any of the photos below to see the whole set on Flickr.

January 25, 2010 0
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Bremerton Harborside Fountain Park in Winter

Last week I got back in touch with a classmate that I hadn’t seen since we were in high school together at Laurel School, in Cleveland. Phuong Phan-McManamna is now an architect and LEED AP in Seattle. She and her family now live in Bremerton, Washington and like to play at the Bremerton Harborside water features.

Phuong sent me these pictures that she shot at Bremerton Harborside Fountain Park earlier this week. She is an amazing photographer. It is really hard to capture water. I love the sparkly holiday lights reflecting across the pools. The whole park looks like a  magical winter wonderland. I haven’t been up to Bremerton during the holidays so it was really exciting to see these pics. Thanks Phuong! It is great to be back in touch.

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Photo credit: Phuong Phan-McManamna

January 21, 2010 0
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Snaps: Emscher Park, Germany

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I visited Emscher Park, in Duisberg, Germany in May of 2000. Backpacking in Europe by myself,  I made a trip to Duisberg just to see the park.  I think it was only a year or two old at the time. Peter Latz, the landscape architect, was teaching at PENN at the time. I was going to silkscreen t-shirts that said ” I heart Emscher Park” when I got home that summer but I never got around to it.

There are a lot of wonderful details in the park: thick industrial walls cut as doorways, garden rooms, unexpected views, and simple playscapes for kids.  I didn’t like how tied down all the trees were but I think it is sort of a German aesthetic.

If you are interested in learning about the brownfield aspects of this project check out the EPA website: Emscher Park Case Study | Brownfields and Land Revitalization | US EPA.


January 4, 2010 0
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Walk: Hyperion Avenue

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Here are some of the highlights of a walk we took yesterday from Intelligensia (@Sunset Blvd & Santa Monica) up to Ballar Hardware on Hyperion Avenue, in Silverlake. Most of the pictures are taken along a one mile stretch of Hyperion that is not very walkable. I have driven it a 1000 times but couldn’t really remember anything that was on that part of the street. Walking the street allowed us to discover all sorts of interesting moments. Not only did we see a lot of architectural and landscape details but we found 3 restaurants that we want to check out: Barbrix (wine bar), Vietnamese Soy Cafe, & Casito del Campo.

Slick on any of the images to see more on Flickr.

January 3, 2010 0
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