Half the field has already been eliminated in the Curbed Cup, our annual tournament for the Los Angeles neighborhood of the year. This week we'll have one matchup per day--with the polls left open for 24 hours--and by Friday only four contenders will be left vying for the prestigious fake trophy. Let the eliminations continue!
No real surprise: juggernaut South Park took out underdog Skid Row no sweat. The city signed off this year on the plan to build an NFL stadium in the neighborhood and about a million new towers and hotels were announced (or unstalled or speculated-on). There were also actual groundbreakings and a long-awaited opening (the building formerly known as Concerto!). Even the Ritz-Carlton made some sales.
SP now goes up against another perennial contender: Culver City (which beat the Civic Center in round one). The Expo Line opened this year with a phase one terminus in CC, and that's where almost all of the action in the city has sprung from. Demo work has already started at the Expo-adjacent Legado Crossing mixed-user and is set to start soon at retail project The Platform. The NMS@Culver City mixed-use project (not technically CC, but we're calling it close enough) broke ground this year and two big-deal architecture firms moved into new homes in the city (Clive Wilkinson Architects, which brings fancy coffee with it, and Morphosis). Plus culture as always in Culver: Frank Gehry will be designing a new permanent home for the Jazz Bakery and the Wende Cold War museum is moving into an old National Guard armory. Oh, and there's also that 94-foot-tall rainbow.