Green Streets

Avalon Green Alley Network Opens

California State Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer, along with Councilmember Curren D. Price, Jr. of the New 9th, Commissioner Heather Repenning of the Board of Public Works, and other city officials commemorated the opening of the Avalon Green Alley Network with a ribbon cutting, community celebration and resource fair Saturday, October 22. Featured in the New York…

LA’s Historic Storms [Slideshow]

El Niño tracking didn’t begin until the 1950s, but Los Angeles has weathered a long history of epic storms and devastating floods. The following two slideshows cover more than 130 years of LA storms from the pre-channelization of the LA River to the previous El Niño in 1997 and the soggy rainy season of 2010. 1880-1959 From 1880-1938, flooding…

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Saving Lots of Drops

In this environment of drought and climate change, creating and building projects that will capture rainwater in LA’s impervious communities is a challenge that we must meet. The Southern California Water Replenishment District estimates that in a single year alone, Los Angeles loses 58 trillion gallons of water to the ocean because of its paved…

Avalon Alleys To Become Green Allies

South Los Angeles has the challenge of being one of the most green-space-challenged areas in Southern California. The Avalon Green Alley Network Project is working to change that by transforming often unsafe and polluted alleyways into new community green spaces.  The project will work to create walkable and bikeable thoroughfares that incorporate stormwater low impact…

University Park Rain Gardens To Grow

This coming spring and summer dozens of new gardens will begin growing in the University Park area of Los Angeles, but residents won’t be harvesting cucumbers, carrots and tomatoes from the soil in these gardens. Instead, these new gardens will be harvesting an even more precious resource during this time of unprecedented drought – rainwater.…

From Mediocre to Magnificent

If you have been driving up and down Woodman Avenue between Lanark and Saticoy Streets this past year, you probably noticed quite a few changes taking place along this avenue’s previously vegetation-challenged median. Earlier this month, the City of Los Angeles cut the ribbon on a brand new median that is not only aesthetically pleasing…

Follow the Green Paved Alleys

 In Hollywood’s 1939 movie, The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy and her three pals walk along a yellow brick road on their way to the Emerald City to visit the mysterious wizard in her quest to get back home.  Similarly, the City of Los Angeles has embarked on a journey to transform our City streets and…

The Riverdale Green Street Project: Ribbon Cutting & Neighborhood Celebration on 9/29

Who among us hasn’t experienced the joy of planting a seed, nurturing the seedling and proudly watching it blossom into a young tree or flowering shrub. And so it goes with ideas. An idea is planted, nurtured and supported, and in time, that idea grows into a movement that positively changes lives and neighborhoods. The…

The Tale of Two Green Streets

All across America, the idea of “going green” has taken off. Everywhere people are beginning to understand that our day-to-day actions have had a cumulative impact on Earth. And, with that understanding comes the desire to reduce that effect with a greener lifestyle. “Green” has become the new gold standard for how we live our…

The Road Less Traveled: Pervious Pavement & Other Green Surfaces for Your Home

Impervious surfaces, or areas that do not allow water to absorb into the ground, blanket a large portion of urban Los Angeles. Most of us only have to look as far as our driveways to find a concrete, asphalt or brick surface that is impervious. While surfaces of this sort are useful in controlling flooding,…

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