Light and air are substances in the Los Angeles basin, as material as the mountains that frame our horizon. What goes up in the air of L.A. stays there - the minimum is three days - and its presence both harms and delights us.
An extensive system of creeks, arroyos, and other watercourses once crisscrossed Los Angeles. Today, most of L.A.'s streams have been paved over, buried and converted into storm drains, or eliminated from the landscape altogether.
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