We're down to the Final Four in the 2014 Curbed Cup race for the Los Angeles Neighborhood of the Year. We'll have one matchup today and one tomorrow; voting will begin Wednesday to pick the winner of 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!
What an innnnteresting matchup this is. Eleventh seed Inglewood demolished third seed Arts District in the last round and it couldn't be more different than quaint little Los Feliz, but both neighborhoods clearly have serious voter backing. 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.
Meanwhile, Los Feliz creamed Santa Monica in the last round, perhaps on the strength of a devoted local fanbase. The neighborhood had a tiny hotel boom this year: five rooms on Hollywood Boulevard, 17 rooms (plus lots of restaurant/bar space) at Hillhurst and Hollywood. And just across the street from the latter at that high-profile intersection, a huge mixed-user with market could take out an unbeloved AutoZone. Meanwhile, Nathan For You and Dumb Starbucks brought a lot of attention to that Drawing Room stripmall.