Half the field is OUT in the 2015 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!
Inglewood's 2015 was mostly spent in a ridiculous pursuit of an NFL stadium (it took out NFL stadium competitor Carson in round one). They pushed the plan through, using a popular vote to circumvent the state's onerous environmental review laws and committing an enormous amount of public money to "reimburse" megarich stadium developer Stan Kroenke (rich on his own and ALSO married to a Walmart heiress). But the best part was when the people behind the now-defunct Downtown LA stadium plan hired former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge to call the Inglewood plan a terrorist target. Joke was on us later in the year, though, when the FAA said the stadium plan was both too high and too shiny. Regardless, Inglewood has pressed ahead—the old Hollywood Park Racetrack was demolished in June to make way for the stadium.
The Downtown gentrifiers set their sights last year, and this year the battle for Boyle Heights truly began. The year began with a chilling spotting of a "gentrification fence," but by late January the neighborhood had repelled an unsatisfactory Metro plan to redevelop Mariachi Plaza. Meanwhile, a small hotel was proposed for an empty lot and the creepy old Linda Vista Community Hospital brightened up to become senior affordable housing. The Sixth Street Viaduct closed to make way for an "iconic" new bridge that'll bring lots of new public space with it, and a new movie scrutinized the history and threat of gentrification in the neighborhood. The X factor will be the redevelopment of the huge old Sears complex.
· Curbed Cup 2015 [Curbed LA]