I tend to focus on human history in the GWR, but The Militant Angeleno reminds us that there are slathers of natural history that, once thought lost, are now coming back to California in a manner reminiscent of the preservation of some of our finer historic districts.
Specifically in North Atwater Park, The Militant Angeleno offers and example of how the Los Angeles River, long reduced to a soulless concrete ditch in the honorable name of flood control, is now being restored to something quite remarkable: a natural watershed, habitat, and ecosystem that does not lose its ability to serve as a channel for storm waters.
The photos are stunning, and call to mind similar “remediation” efforts that will take place in different parts of the state (the Matilija Dam Ecosystem Restoration Project in Ventura County comes to mind). It can be done right, and North Atwater Park will serve as a case study.
Once one of Hollywood’s legendary hangouts, The Knickerbocker still stands even though its days as a hotel and bar have ended. I think of this place whenever I watch the Coen Brothers’ excellent (albeit slightly surreal) Barton Fink.