Nine Acre L.A. Parking Lot Transformed into Pollution-Reducing Wetlands
In the industrial neighborhood of South Los Angeles, a 9-acre cement covered lot, which was once an MTA bus depot, has been transformed into vital storm water cleaning wetlands. The South Los Angeles Wetland Park recently opened at the completion of a 3-year, $26 million project to reclaim the land as an artificial eco-system that not only naturally cleans polluted storm water before it runs into the Los Angeles River, but that also provides calming green space for local residents.
From the moment I first saw it, some 20-odd years ago, Union Station on the edge of downtown L.A. became one of my favorite buildings. Walking through it makes me feel like I’m on a movie set—probably because it’s so pristinely maintained. It opened in 1939, but it could have been last week. Judging by the cars, I’d say this shot is from the 1950s, but on the other hand, the sky looks suspiciously smog-free, doesn’t it?