How Much Can California Ask of Its Rivers?

From Parks to Housing to Economic Renewal, the Golden State’s Former Backwaters Face a Flood of Expectations

California is finally embracing its rivers. But it may be a choking embrace.

We Californians have long celebrated our coastal splendor and toasted the height and beauty of our mountains. But our rivers? For most of us, they have been a mere utility, the plumbing that moved water around the state.

Today in the Golden State, its regions and its people are at long last taking the advice of the late environmentalist David Brower, who counseled his fellow Californians to “begin thinking like a river,” and fulfilling the eternal Christmas dream …

Could L.A. Become a River City?

Neighborhoods in the City's Northeast and San Fernando Valley Ripple with Opportunities for Housing, Offices, and Parks

Could Los Angeles become a river city?

All the progress in revitalizing the Los Angeles River has presented the city with a special opportunity: to develop the communities along the river, …

My Love Letter to the Los Angeles River

An Artist Brings Angelenos One Step Closer to Their Beleaguered Concrete Ditch

How did I end up spending an afternoon throwing “bombs”—baseball-sized bombs of native seeds—into the L.A. River with a dozen other people? It all started when artist Kristi Lippire, who …