Half the field is OUT in the 2014 Curbed Cup race for the Los Angeles Neighborhood of the Year. This week we'll have two match-ups apiece on Monday and Tuesday and by next week only four contenders will be left vying for the prestigious golden jpeg. Voting for each poll ends 24 hours after opening (and will be watched closely for any shenanigans). Let the eliminations continue!
Underdog Inglewood pulled out a decisive win over Bunker Hill in round one, but can it top the Arts District juggernaut? The city'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.
The Arts District had no trouble laying waste to neighbor Skid Row in round one, because what didn't happen in the neighborhood this year? A plan for Metro rail stops, a Vincent-Gallo-fueled turf war, the opening of the only new for-sale units in Downtown, a wellness megaplex, an arcade bar, a dog park crisis and happy resolution, the announcement of a huge arts complex and an open-air mall, adaptive reuse, new development, the opening of the gamechangingly enormous One Santa Fe mixed-user (with bonus starchitecture!), new zoning rules that could drive even more action in the neighborhood, groundbreaking on its first park, and, finally, complaints from the gentrifiers that the neighborhood is being over-gentrified. Never change, AD (by which we mean keep changing and changing).