1949: A $72 Million Dollar Flood Control Plan to Waterproof SFV


After March 1938 Flood: Lankershim Bl. looking north near Universal City. Photo: by Herman Schultheis After the disastrous 1938 floods, the City of Los Angeles worked with the State of California and the Federal Government, specifically The Army Corps of Engineers, to encase the rivers of Los Angeles in a waterproof lined concrete sewer to…

The Rains.


The rain. Coming down in sheets, in cycles, ad nauseum. Sheets of soaking wet weather slicing across the Valley. I drove down to Studio City. By the time I got to Whitsett and Magnolia it was dry. I parked near Fulton and the LA River and shot some photos. I went to Peet’s Coffee and…

Construction: Colfax Avenue Bridge, Studio City.


On August 1, 2007 a Mississippi River bridge collapsed and killed 13 in Minneapolis, one that utilized the same design as the now dismantled Colfax Avenue Bridge in Studio City. The City of Los Angeles - Department of Public Works - Bureau of Engineering, is now constructing a new crossing over the LA River. Their…

River of Plastic/ Rio de Plastico


Riding my bike around the Sepulveda Basin today, I was startled and sickened to see a river lined with trash. Plastic bags literally covered every branch, every limb, and every single tree along both sides of the banks; devouring, like some gruesome movie monster, nature. The amount of garbage is so extreme, so massive, so…

Along the Wash.


A few weeks back, I explored some of the LA River as it meanders under concrete overpasses and alongside freeways. There is a paucity of decent parkland in Los Angeles, as anyone who lives here can attest. Looking at an overhead map of the San Fernando Valley, one sees blocks and blocks of development, only…

L.A. River: After the Rain


L.A. River: After the Rain, originally uploaded by here in van nuys.