Northeast Los Angeles Riverfront Collaborative
In the past two decades, the Los Angeles River has become a hot spot for ecological restoration and urban revitalization. One question that has arisen is how local communities that live around prime riverfront real estate can be engaged in revitalization efforts, that envision a more equitable development that brings to the forefront issues of community improvement priorities, neighborhood identity, and gentrification concerns.
As part of the Northeast Los Angeles Riverfront Collaborative (NELA RC)--a project that brought together city, non-profit, private, university, and public media partners to develop a collective vision for the Northeast L.A. River and its adjacent neighborhoods--the USC Metamorphosis project worked with other partners to develop engagement strategies that involved the local communities in the planning process. The data gathered through the engagement strategies were used by the collaborative partners to inform the planning and economic development recommendations of the final NELA Riverfront District Vision Plan.
The work of the collaborative was also a learning process on place-based collaborative planning for the different city, non-profit, private sector, public media, and university partners involved in the project. As a topline evaluation of some of the lessons learned and an account of the community engagement strategies employed by the partners, please also find a NELA RC Lessons Learned and Community Engagement Toolkit produced by the USC Metamorphosis project.