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Wilmington finally gets a waterfront buffer

Wilmington

It has been 25 years since Wilmington — a port community marked by flaming refinery towers, towering cranes and diesel-spewing ships and big rigs — proposed creation of a green buffer zone that would separate its residents from cargo containers stacked sky high.

On Saturday, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, City Councilwoman Janice Hahn and port officials will lead a community celebration to break ground on the long-awaited 30-acre waterfront buffer project in the 10-square-mile community, about 20 miles south of Los Angeles.

Theresa Adams-Lopez, a spokeswoman for the Port of Los Angeles, said the project will take about two years to complete and feature walking trails, fountains, a playground and plazas in a terraced park setting with views of the harbor.

The program, which will include live entertainment and refreshments, is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. at Gulf Avenue between C Street and Harry Bridges Boulevard in Wilmington.

-- Louis Sahagun

Renderings courtesy of the Port of Los Angeles

 
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Oh, that's clever. This "green" waterfront will draw residents and visitors (including kids and the elderly) out to enjoy recreation in Wilmington, yet this project does nothing to address the effects of lung health degradation imposed by the local polluting industries. That's right kids; go out and play.

It's about time LA improve its limited access to a waterfront. As part of the jurisdiction of the city of LA, Wilmington is often quite neglected as it is 20 miles from Downtown...


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