Golden Gate University Environmental Law Journal


This Article traces the impact of the struggle for the Cornfield on the creation of other great urban parks, resource bonds, the greening of the Los Angeles River, and evolving efforts to achieve equity in the distribution of public resources. Part II presents a vision for a comprehensive and coherent web of public spaces, including parks, school fields, rivers, beaches, mountains, and forests, that will enhance human health and economic vitality for all the people of the Southern California region, with lessons for regions across the country. Part III describes lessons learned from raising funds for parks through resource bonds. Part IV describes great urban park victories in Los Angeles and struggles to keep public lands public for all in beaches, mountains, and forests. Part V presents original demographic research and analyses of park, school, and health disparities and related equal access issues. Part VII explores the history and pattern of discriminatory land use, housing patterns, and access to parks, beaches, and forests. Part VIII presents policy and legal justifications for equal access to public lands. Part IX presents principles and recommendations for equitable infrastructure investments in natural public places.