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This article begins with an historical survey of the Los Angeles River. Next, it considers the implications of a comprehensive 1930 park plan for Los Angeles. The 1930 plan was suppressed before it was published but is now being revived. The article then turns to the Cornfield, and reviews the activities and people associated with the site. The section that follows recounts the opposition to the Cornfield's reindustrialization, as well as the organizing and law suit that ultimately stopped the proposed manufacturing-warehouse project. The article goes on to deconstruct the deal that initially enabled the Trust for Public Land, and later the State of California, to acquire the Cornfield. The next section evaluates the politics involved in designing the new Cornfield state park. Lastly, the article identifies what lessons the Cornfield may hold for Los Angeles, for California, and for the rest of the nation.

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