Here it is: the 2013 Curbed Cup race for the Los Angeles Neighborhood of the Year. Round one of our tournament features 16 'hoods vying for the coveted golden jpeg--we'll have two matchups every day through Thursday, then take a look at our tournament bracket on Friday. Voting for each poll ends 24 hours after opening (and will be watched closely for any shenanigans). Let the neighborhood on neighborhood carnage begin!
This was the year of seven-story South Park--there are at least half a dozen short little residential and mixed-use projects planned and a few under construction--to the point where one councilmember is ready to ban 'em temporarily. This is also the year we saw the rise of NoSoPa (that's North South Park, noobs, get used to it!): two towers are on the way up in the sub-hood and two more are planned, plus the biggest win of all: Whole Foods announced for Eighth and Grand. There's also an adaptive reuse headed to the cool old Desmond's warehouse, a huge Millennial-friendly community planned near Pico and Grand, and hey, even the Ritz-Carlton has just about sold out.
There are two major major projects in Inglewood right now: the Forum is getting a big makeover from the people who run Madison Square Garden, and the Hollywood Park Racetrack closes after this weekend for a massive redevelopment that'll bring retail, thousands of residences, a hotel, office space, renovated casino, and lots of green space. That railway-to-greenbelt conversion that was just announced will also run through the city.