Inglewood is Curbed's LA 'neighborhood of the year'

Image Credit: LA Observed

Image Credit: LA Observed

From LA Observed, by Kevin Roderick, January 3, 2015:

Every new year Curbed LA runs a contest to award the Curbed Cup to the LA neighborhood of the year. This year, the semi-finalists were Koreatown, South Park in DTLA, Los Feliz and Inglewood. Yes, they know Inglewood is an entire city of 111,000 and a neighbor of Los Angeles, not a neighborhood. Don't get hung up on semantics. In the early rounds, Inglewood went head to head with Bunker Hill and the downtown Arts District — and won. The final round pitted Inglewood and South Park, and damned if the nifty little LAX-adjacent city with a population that is 51 percent Latino and 43 percent African American (in 2010) didn't beat out the downtown hipsters and gentrificationaters. Says Curbed:

Last year dawned with the reopening of the renovated and more-fabulous-than-ever Inglewood Forum, now run by the people who manage Madison Square Garden, and it's already the most successful large venue in Los Angeles by a huge margin, hosting nearly a third of all the arena shows in the region last year. Meanwhile, work began on the Crenshaw Line, which will have two stops in the city, and Inglewood's mayor landed a powerful seat on the Metro board, replacing Santa Monica's mayor in a significant geographic shift. There's lots of new development on the way in the city too, and it's a favored for a new NFL stadium, but for now, relatively low housing prices mean artists and other interesting people can still afford to live there. Rock on, Inglewood.

I'm told one of the attractions drawing LA urbanists to Inglewood these days is also the presence since October of a new female-owned craft beer brewery, Three Weavers Brewery.

Here's LA Observed's recent post about the resurgent Forum: As a concert venue, the new Forum is fabulous.