Here it is: the 2014 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 year marked the beginning of Bunker Hill: After Dark. The officey 'hood got its first luxury apartments in the wildly expensive The Emerson, which was also the first building to go up as part of the long-gestating Grand Avenue Project. Speaking of the GAP, it got back on track with new and superior plans from Frank Gehry. Meanwhile, The Broad museum announced an opening date and Metro announced the Regional Connector, which started construction this year, will have a bridge and elevator to take riders up to Bunker Hill, and furthermore that the line won't disrupt the music at Disney Hall. On the downside: the Angels Flight funicular is still down and the park next to it has been gated off for ages.
Inglewood's fabulous Forum reopened after a big makeover just as 2014 dawned, and later the same month, news broke that Rams owner Stan Kroenke had bought a huge parcel in the city that would be just perfect for an NFL or perhaps MLS stadium. Meanwhile, work began on turning the old Hollywood Park Racetrack into an enormous multi-use development, and a few more development projects popped up in the same area. Plus, work started on the Crenshaw Line, which will run through the city.