This chapter examines some urban river restoration projects in the United States, including the history-based project in Richmond, Virginia; the ambitious plans for Boston's Charles River; and the seemingly impossible task of bringing a little life back to the Los Angeles River. It also looks at the removal of Embry Dam on the Rappahannock River. It argues that urban river restoration and preservation are not about being antidevelopment. On the contrary, river restoration in urban areas restores property values and attracts development. Most projects designed to restore urban riverfronts involve recycling abandoned and abused areas of town and remaking them as trendy new areas in which to live, work, and enjoy life. Finally, rivers are often the only open, quiet space in crowded urban areas. They are a way to enrich the lives of city dwellers and provide a relaxing contrast to concrete and steel.
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