Frank Gehry is to put together a new master plan for the redevelopment of the desolate Los Angeles River which has been a city eyesore for decades.
City officials say the project includes bridges, bike paths, walkways intended to revive public use of the river as it winds from the San Fernando Valley to Long Beach.
LA Mayor Eric Garcetti said the architect is working on the project voluntarily and producing “a master plan, in the truest sense of the word” for the watercourse which runs through a natural bed before being channeled into concrete culverts in the city.
The mayor compared it to the work of US urban designer Frederick Law Olmsted, who created New York City’s Central Park.
“To have the Olmsted of our time focusing on this, I think, is extraordinary,” Garcetti said.