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Taylor Yard

In partnership with KCETLink, the Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies (LENS) at the University of California, Los Angeles has launched a year-long collaboration to develop models and media for reporting environmental stories. 

The first storyline focuses on the past, present and possible futures of Taylor Yard. Once a hub for Southern Pacific Railroad’s freight trains, Taylor Yard is now an undeveloped and still-contaminated site adjacent to the L.A. River. The articles, interactive web features, and a documentary short written and produced by faculty and graduate students address how decisions about the future of Taylor Yard and development along the L.A. River are wrapped up in larger questions about what the future of Los Angeles should look like — and who gets a voice in determining these outcomes.

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Taylor Yard circa 2019 | Lauren Herstik
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Taylor Yard Receives $500k for Clean Up

Taylor Yard River Park, a former rail yard adjacent to the L.A. River in the heart of the city will see an influx of resources for critical remediation of the site’s contaminated soil.
Taylor Yard | Courtney Cecale
Article
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La Nueva Vida del Río de Los Ángeles y Los Miedos Al Desplazamiento de Sus Vecinos

Una serie de proyectos han surgido para redesarrollar las céntricas áreas que rodean a este río. El temor es que los nuevos parques produzcan una "gentrificación verde."
Taylor Yard (large) | Courtney Cecale
Article
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Green Gentrification on the Los Angeles River: A Battle for the Future of the City

What happens at the 42-acre Taylor Yard parcel on the banks of the Los Angeles River will set the stage for the future of the river and the diverse communities surrounding it for decades to come.
View of Metrolink's Central Maintenance Facility. (large) | Courtney Cecale
Article
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The Bigger Picture: Competing Visions of the Los Angeles River’s Future

A guide to some of the visions for the L.A. River, the stakeholders involved and the conflicts that could emerge with each possibility. 
A western fence lizard suns itself among curly remnants of a chain-link fence at Taylor Yard. | Courtney Cecale
Article
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Photo Essay: Taylor Yard - A Feral Lot

Take a visual walk through the wilderness that thrives at the abandoned rail yard, where nature and industry intertwine.
Taylor Yard Map
Article
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Explore Taylor Yard's Layers of History

Explore Taylor Yard's history with maps including an 1897 survey of the Los Angeles River and 1939 maps used for “redlining” and denying home mortgage loans.
Plants growing amid broken concrete and rubble at Taylor Yard. | Courtney Cecale
Article
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Cleaning Up Taylor Yard

What will it take to turn contaminated land into a green and vibrant park? The answer is not easy.
 Notes marking public input on map of Taylor Yard. (large) | Jaqueline Sordi
Article
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Taylor Yard: How to Get Involved

What would you want at a 42-acre park in your neighborhood to look like?
Interactive network visualization of power relations to the L.A. River and Taylor Yard. | Spencer Robins
Article
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An Interactive Network of the L.A. River and Taylor Yard's Power Relations

A living interactive network visualization tracing the relationships between people, institutions, plants, animals, materials, and other forces that shape Taylor Yard and the Los Angeles River.
Tracks at Taylor Yard
Article
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Taylor Yard Timeline: From Abandoned Site to 'Crown Jewel'

A timeline exploring Taylor Yard's history, beginning with its early days as home to the Tongva people, then its rise and fall as a rail yard, and finally how it has become a key site to L.A. River's revitalization plans. 
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