The Los Angeles River, the famous eyesore that Hollywood long ago fixed in the public imagination as the setting for noirish murders and dystopian blood battles, is getting a makeover. In 2014, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers endorsed a $1 billion plan to widen the waterway, remove its signature concrete bedding, restore natural features, and create bike trails along an 11-mile stretch of the river north of downtown.
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