LA Live owner AEG is not letting the lofty dream of bringing a football stadium and team to South Park die. Even though the NFL, by all reports, abandoned the plan ages ago, VP Ted Tanner gave a presentation last week to a joint LA Convention Center commission and included updated designs for Farmers Field, including a look outward from the interior and side views of the stadium. No mater what side you look at the stadium from, you are met by a bevy of television screens, so you will never miss a single minute of the highly hypothetical game. Renderings also show LED lights and digital billboards visible from the 110 Freeway, signaling your hypothetical arrival at the hypothetical venue. Also part of the presentation were details on the makeover for the ugly-duckling LA Convention Center, which is part of the Farmers Field deal; the city has been exploring ways to update the LACC independently since Farmers Field appeared to tank.
The new convention center design seems to have incorporated some critiques from a study done under Mayor Villaraigosa that called out the plan to have visitors enter the South Hall via a "dark, unsafe space" where the structure hangs over Pico Boulevard. The designs show ample lighting in fanciful colors lighting up the walkway now. Even more pedestrian-friendly: the widened sidewalk created by removing a lane of westbound traffic on Pico. Another great feature is the loads of bike parking—including four, locked long-term storage spots—throughout the new campus.
· Farmers Almanac [Curbed LA]