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Public Private Partnership to Build 51-mile Greenway along LA River

Posted by Larry Ehl on Friday, July 26th, 2013

Transportation Issues Daily

Public Private Partnership to Build 51-mile Greenway along LA RiverThe newly-formed Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation has announced the visionary, ambitious Greenway 2020 plan to create a 51-mile Greenway along the Los Angeles River. LA River Corp is a public private partnership, and will acquire public and private money to improve the existing 26 miles of bike paths along the river and add 25 miles of new paths.

As a former resident of Los Angeles, I find this almost unimaginable. As a Washington state resident it makes me sad, because we’ll never see a public-private partnership on this scale as long as a certain Representative is running the State House. And prospects for this scale of a PPP in Seattle also seems remote. But I digress.

The Greenway 2020 mission is “to transform not only the river, but also how people engage with the river and the city.” The vision is “pedestrian and bike-friendly paths with bike shops, kayak rentals, and eateries along the way.” Learn more at their website.

Greenway 2020 is counting two already-existing projects as part of the plan: the La Kretz Crossing pedestrian bridge and NBCUniversal’s $13-million contribution to the bike path.

“The LA River is on fire lately,” says Curbed LA: “a recreation zone open for all manner of fun, a a new pedestrian bridge in the works, plans to rip out the concrete and restore 11 miles of the river, and, you know, sometimes there are actual flames, too.”

Larry Ehl is the founder and publisher of Transportation Issues Daily. In the public sector, Larry was Federal Relations Manager for Washington State DOT; Chief of Staff to US Senator Slade Gorton; and was twice elected to the Edmonds School Board.


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