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West Hollywood hosts discussion on rail-line extension
February 20, 2018 - 4:15pm
Bringing a rail line to West Hollywood was the focus of a city-initiated community leaders breakfast Feb. 6 at the Jeremy West Hollywood.
 
City and transportation officials discussed the possible extension of the Crenshaw/LAX Line now under construction north on Crenshaw Boulevard to Mid-City Los Angeles and then on to Hollywood and West Hollywood. To read the entire LAIndependent.com article click here.
Renderings Galore for the LAX Automated People Mover
February 16, 2018 - 3:35pm
With construction expected to begin this year, Los Angeles World Airports has unveiled new renderings and an animated video that preview the LAX Automated People Mover.
 
The APM, a monorail-like system, will operate along a 2.25-mile elevated guideway with six stops between the LAX Consolidated Rental Car Facility and the Central Terminal Area. To read the entire Urbanize.LA article click here.
MSG Spends $750,000 to Oppose Clippers Arena
February 7, 2018 - 2:23pm

More than $1 million was spent lobbying last year on failed legislation that would have fast-tracked construction of a new Clippers arena in Inglewood, according to state lobbying disclosures released this week.

The legislation, Senate Bill 789 from Sen. Steven Bradford (D-Gardena), would have carved out exemptions from the California Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA, for the arena and related projects in Inglewood. CEQA requires developers to disclose and reduce the environmental effects of their projects, and CEQA lawsuits often tie up or kill proposals. The bill originally included similar exemptions benefiting Los Angeles’ 2028 Olympics bid, but organizers balked and Bradford removed the language. To read the entire LATimes.com article click here.

The L.A. Phil's 100th season plans: No orchestra has been this ambitious, ever
February 7, 2018 - 10:54am

When the Los Angeles Philharmonic revealed grand goals for its celebratory 100th season beginning fall 2018, the orchestra promised an array of unspecified spectacles at Walt Disney Concert Hall, a parade to the Hollywood Bowl, ticket handouts, a new Frank Gehry-designed YOLA Center in Inglewood to serve the L.A. Phil's expanding education efforts for inner city youth, 50 commissions of new music and a $500-million fundraising campaign to pay for it all. To read the entire LATimes.com article click here.

Earvin "Magic" Johnson Park Makeover Inches Toward Reality
February 5, 2018 - 4:18pm
Los Angeles County is poised to take the next step forward in its long-term renovation of Willowbrook's Earvin "Magic" Johnson Park.
 
In November 2017, the Board of Supervisors approved funds to acquire sites located at 900 and 946 E. 126th Street from the Ujima Housing Corporation for $1.76 million.  Now, should a motion by 2nd District Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas be adopted, the County will dedicate up to $300,000 for the demolition of the remaining structures on the properties, which were most recently developed with multifamily housing.To read the entire Urbanize.LA article click here.
Minneapolis prepares for the 'most transit-reliant Super Bowl ever played'
February 2, 2018 - 9:27am
On Sunday, an estimated 73,000 football fans will pack U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis for the 2018 Super Bowl, an expansion of the stadium’s typical 65,000-person capacity.
 
That’s still only a fraction of the average 1 million people that typically travel to Super Bowl host locations to partake in the 10-day celebration surrounding the Big Game. Yet for a city of about 413,000 people — which shares a border with St. Paul, population 302,000 — it's a lot of extra volume to account for. To read the entire SmartCitiesDive.com article click here.
Super Bowl’s Minneapolis Stadium Brings a Surge in Development
January 26, 2018 - 1:48pm

The first time Minneapolis hosted the Super Bowl, in 1992, a solitary sports bar and acres of parking lots surrounding the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome stood in testament to the stadium’s failure to generate private investment in the neighborhood, an area east of downtown.But football fans returning to the city to watch the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles compete in Super Bowl LII on Feb. 4 are not likely to recognize the area, now known as East Town.

The Metrodome, a walled-in colossus that dominated the barren landscape from 1982 to 2014, has been replaced by U.S. Bank Stadium, which opened in 2016. The roughly $1.1 billion bright and transparent edifice, designed by HKS architects, features a mostly clear, steep roof and has been likened to a Nordic long house, a Viking warship and an ice shard formation.

New offices, apartments, hotels, restaurants and a 4.2-acre park known as the Commons have replaced the parking lots. In all, more than $2 billion in private and public investment has been injected into East Town, according to the East Town Business Partnership. . .  In addition to other garages and a light rail station in East Town, the downtown Minneapolis Skyway System, an enclosed elevated walkway, was extended to the stadium to ease the demand for parking spaces. To read the entire New York Times article click here.

LACMA Seeks to Expand Its Footprint Into South Los Angeles
January 26, 2018 - 12:39pm

 The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is planning to expand beyond its mid-Wilshire campus to create a satellite campus, or possibly two, in South Los Angeles. The City Council has scheduled a vote for Friday on one site, owned by the city, and Michael Govan, the director of Lacma, said he is in “very serious discussions” with county leaders about the other. The goal, he noted, is for the museum, which receives about 25 percent of its financing from the county, to reach what he called “underserved” populations in Los Angeles with exhibitions, after-school programming and other events. To read the entire New York Times article click here. 

Inglewood Senior Citizen Facility Opens
January 18, 2018 - 1:31pm

Hundreds of seniors came out to celebrate the grand opening of the new senior facility in the rapidly developing City of Inglewood, located on the N/E corner of Queen Street and Locust Ave.  The seniors had been promised a new facility back in 2005 when the old building was demolished to make way for the new state-of-the- art senior center but construction happened.  However, with a new regime of like-minded folks in City Hall, projects and being completed and new center is ready to serve the needs of community’s seniors. To read the entire LASentinel.net article click here.

Inside the Crenshaw/LAX Line
January 9, 2018 - 11:01am
Just before ringing in 2018, the folks at Metro offered us - along with architectural photographer Hunter Kerhart - a look inside the Crenshaw/LAX Line.
 
The $2-billion light rail line, now under construction, will run along an approximately 8.5 route linking the Green Line and Los Angeles International Airport to the Expo Line via communities such as Westchester, Inglewood, Park Mesa Heights and Leimert Park.  A substantial portion of the line traverses a historic freight rail right-of-way - the Harbor Subdivision - before it turns north to follow the path of a former "Yellow Car" line on the Los Angeles Railway. To read the entire Urbanize.LA article click here.