A facinating story of two cities , Cheonggyecheon , S. Korea and Los Angeles California , transforming a freeway back into a waterway.
“Today, cities have started to realize the importance of coexisting with nature, moving towards more livable, green urban areas. Theres a popular push to restore neglected aspects of local environment like rivers in order to promote public space, tourism, and healthier living. In cities like Seoul, the “modern” solutions were only in place a few decades before they began to threaten the safety of citizens. By 2000, the elevated Cheonggyecheon Freeways supports and structure were cracking and beyond repair. What was left of the Cheonggyecheon riverbed was polluted with heavy metals like lead and chromium, while carbon monoxide, methane and other underground gases were accelerating the breakdown of the freeway structures. The area surrounding the freeway river was shabby and industrial. No longer a marvel of engineering in Seoul, the covered river was an eyesore–and a dangerous one at that.”