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Flow of state money will help L.A. River project

Flow of state money will help L.A. River project

Plenty of people are still skeptical about Los Angeles' ambitious plan to revitalize its river. Interesting idea, they say, but who's going to pay for it?

Skeptics said the same thing two decades ago about dreams to turn a rail yard just north of downtown into a park. The Cornfields — the location of the old Southern Pacific River Station and a freight yard — was prime but polluted real estate and would cost a fortune to acquire and clean up, the argument went, and was good only for warehouses and perhaps some big-box stores. Otherwise, who would pay for it?

But community and parkland activists derailed the development plan and, eventually, the state assemblyman...