Public Access Evolution Long Beach, California, Coastline

by Robert J. Paternoster, Dep of Planning and Building City of, Long Beach, Long Beach, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '91


Historic Long Beach was built around the beachfront. Public access to this popular coastal resort was provided in many ways. The downtown has undergone a renaissance of that former regional center, a center which in the decades between 1930 and 1960 lost its popularity and deteriorated almost to the point of death. Accompanying this decline was an almost total loss of beachfront amenities. How this came about is explained. However, the main focus of the paper is how the City managed to restore the beauty and interest of this downtown shoreline, and how these efforts are beginning to make coast resources accessible to residents and visitors once again.

Subject Headings: Public opinion and participation | Beaches | Shores | Business districts | Urban and regional development | Coastal management | Deterioration | High-rise buildings | California | United States

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