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"The destruction of the river had begun half a century before the first concrete was poured," Gumprecht writes, "when the river ... began to be viewed not as a giver of life or a thing of beauty, but as a dumping ground--for horse carcasses, petroleum waste, and the city's garbage." The river, he adds, was also viewed as a mere vehicle for a commodity, water, and a vehicle that could be improved with the addition of channels, culverts, and reservoirs. Such changes made the wide-scale development of the Los Angeles region possible, but they destroyed the living river. Now, years later, environmental activists are pressing to restore the river to something of its former self--and their efforts, if successful, will again alter the course of regional history.
The Los Angeles River has figured widely in many ecological studies of Southern California; in historical work it has figured largely as a backdrop. Gumprecht grants the river close attention as a thing unto itself, one that has affected many other aspects of the area's social, economic, and environmental history. --Gregory McNamee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Must read book. There are few others with quite as much comprehensive details about the different life stages of the LA River.Published 20 months ago by blue_skies322
author describes the evolution of water management in the LA area from the early small canals through the rape of the Owens Valley and the effect of the Los Angeles River - great... Read morePublished on June 11, 2013 by aftom
Another one that I needed for my project. Again arrived in great condition and in plenty of time. thanks.Published on October 18, 2009 by Daryol R. Forinash
Gumprecht's _Los Angeles River_ is a well-written history of the Los Angeles River, from Native American and Spanish/Mexican pueblo days to the present. Read morePublished on June 28, 2008 by Charles P. Hobbs