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CleanTech Corridor in downtown L.A. gets boost

May 21, 2010 |  6:30 pm

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/photos/uncategorized/2008/05/30/not_exactly_the_cistine_chapel_is_i.jpgThe 4-mile stretch of land adjacent to the Los Angeles River in the city's downtown is rife with deteriorating buildings, crumbling sidewalks and potholed streets.

But a cleanup crew and the presence of creative, green-minded businesses could freshen up the strip and help transform it into a major clean technology district, a panel of land-use experts said Friday.

The city's much-touted plan to turn the dilapidated industrial area into the proposed CleanTech Corridor got a boost when 10 land-use and real estate professionals from the nonprofit Urban Land Institute unveiled their recommendations for revitalizing the area.

The panel said the city needed to spruce up the "under-performing" area by scaling back manufacturing activity while recruiting smaller start-up companies.

The section is being envisioned as a clean-tech incubator and industrial park that would draw jobs to the city, burnishing its profile as a hot spot for environmentally sustainable companies.

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-- Tiffany Hsu

Photo: Graffiti around the Los Angeles River near downtown L.A.

Credit: Los Angeles Times