The Council agreed Thursday to enter into an exclusive negotiating window with the Clippers for a new arena that would be located near the intersection of Century Boulevard and Prairie Avenue — basically south of both the Forum and the Rams/Chargers football stadium that is under construction.
Will it happen? Hard to say. The Clippers have to share the very transit-friendly Staples Center with the Lakers, Sparks, Kings and other events and aren’t super happy about that. But building and funding new arenas is never easy.
A couple of maps below — one shows where the new arena may be and the other map shows the location of the Green Line and Crenshaw/LAX Line relative to the site.
The Green Line’s Hawthorne/Lennox Station looks to be about 1.5 miles from the arena site, whereas the Crenshaw/LAX Line’s Downtown Inglewood Station would be about 1.8 miles distant.
Not an impossible distance, but certainly not as close as Pico Station (served by the Blue and Expo Lines) is to Staples. The Metro Board last year asked for a study for different ways that the Metro Rail system could be better connected to the new NFL stadium, which is expected to open for the 2020 season. Bus shuttles seem like one obvious answer.
What’cha think basketball fans? Do you want the Clippers in Inglewood, DTLA or somewhere else?
New plan takes shape at Bergamot Arts Center (Urbanize LA)
Plans continue to evolve to add gallery space, offices and a hotel at Santa Monica’s Bergamot Station — which is steps away from an Expo Line station. The big parking lot in the middle of the current configuration would be used for some of the new buildings. Seems like a wise place to develop.
U.S. EPA Chief Scott Pruitt said Thursday that the agency doesn’t intend to take away California’s ability to set tougher vehicle emission standards — something the state does to help battle smog.
Parts of the Netherlands are at sea level or lower. Cool story and pics about some of the infrastructure the Dutch have built (a parking garage that can serve as a reservoir) or will be building to deal with water surges courtesy of bad weather and climate change.
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