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River RepublicThe Fall and Rise of America's Rivers$
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Daniel McCool

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231161312

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231161312.001.0001

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River City

River City

Urban Riverscapes

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River Republic

Daniel McCool

Columbia University Press

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.

Keywords:   river restoration, Richmond, Charles River, Los Angeles River, Embry Dam, Rappahannock River, urban areas, riverfronts, rivers

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