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Lewis MacAdams: Give the L.A. River a seat at the Olympic negotiating table

Lewis MacAdams: Give the L.A. River a seat at the Olympic negotiating table

I love the Olympics. I moved to Los Angeles just before the last Games were held here, in 1984. I adored the city's empty streets, the preternatural calm, the obscure sports like badminton (the only one I could afford a ticket to at the time). Friends of the Los Angeles River, the organization I would go on to co-found two years later, was barely a mote in a flood control engineer's eye.

Scroll forward 30 years and FoLAR is alive and well, dedicated to bringing the L.A. River back to life.

For more than a decade, FoLAR and others in a loose-knit coven of engineers, landscape architects, planners and architects calling themselves the Piggyback Yard Collaborative have labored...

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