A Meaningful Stroll Along the Los Angeles River

Los Angeles area Fulbright Visiting Scholars enjoyed a relaxing tour and picnic along the Los Angeles River where they learned about the river’s history and current restoration efforts.

The Los Angeles River runs through downtown Los Angeles near several local landmarks and has been featured in a number of classic American films including Chinatown and Grease. Today, the river is undergoing a $1.2 billion restoration and revitalization project  to make it an attractive and central part of the city.

Scholars in the Courtyard of the LA Music Center.

Scholars in the courtyard of the LA Music Center.

Throughout the river walk, scholars enjoyed a variety of sites including the Los Angeles Music Center, bridges with beautiful 1920’s style architectecture and a quiet rural park. Enjoying their picnic lunch in a park, scholars remarked at the contrast between urban and rural areas they were able to see along the river.

Scholars pose in front of one of several bridges built in the 1920s

Scholars pose in front of one of several bridges built in the 1920s

Scholars were able to witness how a community has come together to restore a little known part of Los Angeles.

Scholars enjoy a picnic lunch in a riverside park.

Scholars enjoy a picnic lunch in a riverside park.

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