Community Interview: Miguel Luna from Urban Semillas

Youth Voices is working with students from the Los Angeles River School to re-imagine the L.A. River and the surrounding communities as part of the Northeast Los Angeles Riverfront Collaborative. The student teams are exploring and investigating their communities by mapping assets, conducting outreach, and collecting stories through interviews with local residents and experts. Follow their work here and on Twitter and Instagram at #kcetyv.


Our cause is to keep the L.A. River clean. It's important because we want to stop the pollution of the river, as well as add more trash bins and lights.

For our community interview we decided to speak with Miguel Luna, a community expert we were able to meet last semester while working on the Rio Vistas Project. With his help we were able to re-envision and design the entrances to the L.A. River. Mr. Luna is very concerned about the river; he is an advocate of change and hopes that one day it will look as it once did before.

What do you think are some ways we can improve the L.A. River?
I think the L.A. River can be improved by having more people visiting the river, knowing about the river, and caring about the river.

How do you think we can clean it up?
The river always needs help with keeping the trash out of its way. By getting involved with the community you can accomplish this.

Who are some people you think can help us with our project?
Partnering with the Friends of the L.A. River and people from school can help.

What are some things about the river you find need fixing?
It's not just fixing the river, but loving the river. You can ask people who always are at the river about what they need or what to change.

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