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.