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!
In round one, the gentrified Arts District made quick work of still-gentrifying University Park. This year, the 'hood's most high-profile resident, Vincent Gallo, both went to war with the local Business Improvement District (which is tasked with keeping the neighborhood safe and looking nice) and sold his penthouse in the Biscuit Lofts (the one he once rented to Nicolas Cage). Meanwhile, our girlfriend Diane Keaton bought a unit to rent out at 940 East 2nd, ground broke at the sinewy and hotly-anticipated One Santa Fe along the river, some old apartments got some new life, it was announced the old California Walnut Growers Association building will get some new condos, and there's a grocery store on the way. The neighborhood is also becoming more and more of a restaurant hot zone.
But can even the Arts District go up against Hollywood (which destroyed Mid-City in round one)? What didn't happen in the nabe this year? It got a new plan to guide development over the next few decades (despite lots of feuding); work started at the huge and long-awaited Blvd6200 mixed-user, at the Thom Mayne-designed Emerson campus, and at the Old Spaghetti Factory site; the Target project and the Columbia Square mixed-user both came back on the scene; developer Sonny Astani announced plans for a mixed-use project and elevated park at Hollywood and Western; there are rumors of redevelopment at the Hollywood Palladium; and we saw some (conceptual) plans for the huge towers around the Capitol Records building. Landmarks had a big year too: the Walk of Fame is getting a rehab, the Hollywood Sign got refreshed, and the Kodak got a new name (the Dolby Theatre). Meanwhile, the W residences finally started to fill up, a fancy 24-hour Walgreens opened at Sunset and Vine, and the hipster flippers moved in. Seriously, we could go on too.