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Frogtown Transportation Leaps Forward Down the L.A. River

Organizers of the Frogtown Artwalk attempted to address transportation issues that could arise as the L.A. River's revitalization continues to attract more and more Angelenos to the riverfront neighborhoods.

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George Villanueva is currently a PhD Candidate at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, with a research focus on civic engagement, spatial justice, and sustainable urban development.
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