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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The Metrodome, a walled-in colossus that dominated the barren landscape from 1982 to 2014, has been replaced by U.S. Bank Stadium, which opened in 2016.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.
Get ready for a lot more housing near the Expo Line and other California transit stations if new legislation passes
January 4, 2018 - 3:34pm
A dramatic increase in new housing near transit stations could be on its way across California under new legislation proposed by a Bay Area legislator.
 
Subject to some limitations, the measure would eliminate restrictions on the number of houses allowed to be built within a half-mile of train, light-rail, major bus routes and other transit stations, and block cities from imposing parking requirements. Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), the bill’s author, said the state needs the housing to address affordability problems, maximize recent multi-billion-dollar transit investments and help the state meet its climate change goals. To read the entire LATimes.com article click here.
Rams, Chargers can feel the momentum building at Inglewood stadium site
January 4, 2018 - 2:59pm
As the Rams prepared to land at LAX after beating the Tennessee Titans in Nashville on Christmas Eve, Kevin Demoff looked out the right side of the plane above Inglewood.
It has become habit for the team’s chief operating officer — go out on the road, win a big game, fly home and take out his phone to snap a picture of the 298-acre site that will be home for the Rams and Chargers in 2020. To read the entire LATimes.com article click here.
Saving the Struggling Sunset Strip
January 3, 2018 - 1:59pm

The Sheriff ordered a 10 p.m, curfew for the Sunset Strip, the Whisky a Go Go considered changing its name to the non-alcohol associative “Whisk,” and rumors circulated that Jack Nicholson was one of the protesters that helped shut down the Strip to traffic as kids swarmed the famous street. Authorities were on edge, fearing a repeat of what they said were 1,000 young club goers “rioting” there. To read the entire WEHOville.com article click here.

A Vermont Avenue Subway Should Be A Priority For Metro
January 2, 2018 - 4:00pm

Thanks to Measure M and the Olympics, Los Angeles is rapidly building public transit projects, aiming to cast away its international reputation as a city where the only mode of travel is the car. These include extensions to the subway and light rail network as well as several bus rapid transit projects. But one omission is glaring: Vermont Avenue, south of Wilshire Boulevard. While Vermont is the second busiest bus corridor in the region, after Wilshire, the plan is to equip it with BRT, and not rail, even though weaker corridors around the area are slated for rail extensions. Why is this? To read the entire Urbanize.LA article click here.

With the rise of SpaceX and Rams stadium, Hawthorne's industrial areas are becoming hip
December 18, 2017 - 11:00am
The scent of beer spills into the brick-walled taproom at Los Angeles Ale Works, a craft brewery that opened earlier this year on a quiet industrial block in Hawthorne.
 
Behind the brewery, a boutique letter press company prints cards, wedding invitations and other stationery, while a woodworking shop a few feet away makes custom furniture. Nearby, a used Falcon 9 first-stage booster towers over the headquarters of rocket maker SpaceX and nearby warehouses that are increasingly filled with an eclectic mix of products, eateries and artists. To read the entire LATimes.com article click here.
Draft Revitalization Plan Unveiled for Lower L.A. River
December 11, 2017 - 12:37pm

In 2015, legislation passed by California State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon initiated the Lower Los Angeles River Working Group.  The group, which consists of community stakeholders and cities in Southeast L.A. County, has now unveiled its draft revitalization plan for the 19-mile segment of the concrete waterway between Vernon and Downtown Long Beach. To read the entire Urbanize.LA article click here.