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Abandoned South LA Rail Tracks Could Become A Greenbelt

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Los Angeles could be taking the concept of the High Line to a whole new level: ground-level. County Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas and Gloria Molina are pushing for Rail to River, another idea for improving blighted Slauson Avenue through South LA--this one would most likely tear out old rail track, part of the old Harbor Subdivision rail line, and replace them with a greenbelt with walkways and a bike path. Currently in the planning stages, RtoR would convert an 8.3-mile rail right-of-way, from the future Florence/West station on the Crenshaw Line to just north of Washington Boulevard near the LA River, with much of it paralleling Slauson. Metro is spearheading the project and the first community meeting happens on Wednesday night at the LA Academy Middle School on Fifty-Sixth Street.
· Rail to River: A Vision [Mark Ridley-Thomas]