Unnatural Nature: Anglers' Reimaginings of the Los Angeles River as Park Land

Jason Post, Perry Carter

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Abstract

The Los Angeles River is undergoing a controversial $1.3 billion revitalization project. Despite recent media attention and legalization, fishing on the LA River is still surrounded by uncertainty, stigma, and secrecy. Language barriers, complex laws and restricted access are central to this secrecy. Internet videos of fishing activity on the LA River were analyzed to describe the experience of anglers, and understand how fishing, as a complex human-environment interaction, varies along demographic lines. The perspectives offered in the videos reflect the angler’s own realities. Analysis of the videos describes the LA River as a diverse cultural landscape, a reflection of the surrounding city. These patterns form the basis for critique of current political and economic revitalization efforts for the River.
Original languageEnglish
JournalGeographical Review
StatePublished - Dec 24 2020

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