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A river runs through it

June 28, 2012

One day after work last week, I walked up to Leppävaara and headed into the Sello Shopping Centre to run an errand. It was a nice day, sunny.

Near the south entrance of the mall, I was reminded of the massive engineering this area went through in order to preserve some of the original natural features.

A small creek runs through Leppävaara and into Laajalahti. Fish have migrated up this creek in the spring for decades and when Leppävaara went through its massive face life (and development) in the early 2000s, developers were compelled to include this little creek in their development plans. In order to lessen the disruption to wildlife the creek was engineered (even during the massive construction phase) to accommodate migrating fish.

These days parts of the creek are covered by the infrastructure of Leppävaara’s concrete jungle, but you also get to see little bits like this – just outside the mall doors.

Cool eh?

In addition just down the road from the mall, Villa Elvik is currently running an exhibition on the rivers of Espoo, called Living Currents – The Rich Nature of Espoo. It runs until August 5.

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