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The move to restore the Los Angeles River is living up to the best of expectations — with camp-outs, pop-up picnics and performances of live music. But when that kind of cultural energy appears, developers are never far behind and, sure enough, there are now fears of gentrification. Will current residents be priced out of a hip neighborhood that's downtown adjacent?

Also, in the aftermath of two drug-related deaths this weekend at the Fairfplex in Pomona, LA Supervisors may prohibit raves on county property. Are they treating the symptom instead of the cause?

Photo: A bicyclist rides past a new condominium complex nearing completion in Elysian Valley, an example of a spike of new and planned development along this stretch of the Los Angeles River. (Saul Gonzalez)

Producers:
Evan George
Charlotte Duren

From a Concrete Ditch to a Real Estate Boom 17 MIN, 33 SEC

After the concrete was poured in the 1930's to make it a flood-control channel, nobody thought much about the LA River. But new events and amenities are attracting visitors, and a $1.3 billion plan for cleanup and restoration took a step forward last month. There's now such a boom in real estate speculation that long-time residents are worried about being priced out. KCRW's Saul Gonzalez went down to the river.

You can learn more and see additional photos of gentrification along the LA River on the WWLA blog.

Guests:
Saul Gonzalez, KCRW producer (@SaulKCRW)
Paul Habibi, UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management
James Brasuell, Planetizen (@CasualBrasuell)

More:
Habibi's study, 'LA's Next Frontier'
Planetizen on residents calling for a say as their neighborhood changes

Will Banning Raves Prevent Overdoses? 8 MIN, 36 SEC

Two young women died this weekend at a rave at the Fairplex in Pomona. County supervisors suspect overdoses from MDMA or Ecstasy. As investigations continue, they're considering a moratorium on permitting such events on county property. Ron Lin is reporting the story for the LA Times.

Guests:
Ron Lin, Los Angeles Times (@ronlin )
Sean Nordt, USC Keck School of Medicine (@keckmedusc)

More:
Lin on supervisors' vote to study ban on raves after recent deaths

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