For their midterms, a UCLA Department of Urban Planning class was tasked with making North Atwater Village even more awesome (or in press release terms coming up with plans "to leverage the neighborhood's considerable assets, particularly the LA River, and develop strategic action plans to enhance the quality of life in Atwater Village.") Five groups were each assigned roughly half-mile by half-mile sub-'hoods to focus on--those were "the industrial/warehouse areas near the 134 freeway, the Red Car River Park, the Los Angeles-Glendale Water Reclamation Plant and connecting dead end streets to the LA River." This area was recently blessed with the river-adjacent North Atwater Park expansion, so it's already on its way. See some of the students' proposals above.
· Bigger, Better North Atwater Park Kicks Off LA River Comeback [Curbed LA]