Soon the creek is in a concrete channel, for flood control purposes I'm told. The difference is staggering! I love walking, I love getting away from the street and cars, but this is not my creek anymore.
I know better - there are urbanized creeks that are a delight. Two of these in California stand out......
The one I know best is the creek walk in San Luis Obispo (population 50,000). It was not only channelized, it was under Monterey Street.
The other creek "make-over" is in San Jose (population 1,000,000) -
Guadalupe River Parkway.