Inglewood in California

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Inglewood is a city in southwestern Los Angeles County, California, in the Greater Los Angeles. As of the 2010 U.S. Census, the city had a population of 109,673. It was incorporated on February 14, 1908. The city is in the South Bay region of Los Angeles County, near Los Angeles International Airport.

Inglewood consists of ten neighborhoods which are indicated by symbols on street signs. The neighborhoods are the following areas: Morningside Park, Downtown Inglewood, Fairview Heights, Arbor Village, Hollypark Knolls, Centinela Heights, Sports Village, Century Heights, Inglewood Knolls, and Lockhaven. The Crenshaw-Imperial district was a later annexation to Inglewood, California. It has its own branch public library and an important shopping center for the area.

Morningside Park is a commercial district in the eastern part of the city. Though the city of Inglewood does not define the district’s boundaries, it may be delineated by Hyde Park on the north, Manchester Square on the east, Century Boulevard on the south and Prairie Avenue on the west. The major streets that run through the area are Manchester and Crenshaw boulevards. It is six miles (10 km) from Los Angeles International Airport and about two miles (3 km) from SoFi Stadium, the home of the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers. The district is also the location of The Forum, an entertainment venue and where for 32 years the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers and NHL’s Los Angeles Kings played and The Village at Century shopping center. This neighborhood was once the site of the Hollywood Park Racetrack. It is also the home to three gated-communities called Carlton Square, Briarwood Village & The Renaissance.

North Inglewood is a neighborhood north of the former Santa Fe railroad tracks, where the K Line will soon be. In 2009, it was reported to be the site of a “burgeoning arts scene” at East Hyde Park Boulevard and La Brea Avenue. Fairview Heights is a signed area north of Florence and east of La Brea Avenues.

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Situated in the southeastern corner of the city, Inglewood Knolls is a subdivision of tract homes built in 1953–54. It is bordered by Crenshaw Blvd. on the west, 108th St. on the north, Spinning Ave. on the east, and Imperial Highway on the south. A shopping center on the northeastern quadrant of the intersection of Crenshaw and Imperial was also constructed in the mid 1950s, originally including a Food Giant grocery store, Thrifty Drug, J.J. Newberrys, and Lishon’s Music Store, among others. Century Park Elementary School on Spinning Ave., although fully within Inglewood city limits, is actually part of the L.A. school district.

The Forum was built in 1967 and designed by architect Charles Luckman, who also designed Madison Square Garden. The Forum was intended to evoke the Roman Forum in Rome. For decades the Forum was one of LA’s biggest concert venues; Elvis Presley, Led Zeppelin and the Jackson 5 were among the superstars to headline the arena. The Forum also achieved its greatest fame as the home of the NBA‘s Los Angeles Lakers and the NHL‘s Los Angeles Kings. In 1999, both teams moved to the Staples Center and the Forum was sold to the Faithful Central Bible Church, which used it for Sunday services and rented it out for concerts or sporting events. In 2012, the Forum was purchased by The Madison Square Garden Company, owners of New York’s Madison Square Garden, for $23.5 million; MSG announced plans to spend $50 million to refurbish and renovate the arena for use as a “world-class” concert venue. The “Fabulous” Forum presented by Chase re-opened on January 15, 2014, with the first of six historic performances by the Eagles. The reinvention of the Forum has created the largest indoor performance venue in the country designed with a focus on music and entertainment.

On February 24, 2015, the Inglewood City Council approved plans for the construction of an NFL-capacity stadium, later named SoFi Stadium, with a 5–0 unanimous vote to combine the 60-acre (24 ha) plot of land with the larger Hollywood Park development and rezone the area to include Sports/Entertainment capabilities. 6 acres (2.4 ha) of Hollywood Park were devoted to Lake Park, a naturally-replenishing water feature which is claimed to recycle 26 million gallons of water annually. This cleared the way for developers to begin construction on the venue as planned in December 2015. On January 13, 2016, one day after the NFL approved of the Rams return to Los Angeles, construction began on the Inglewood site.

Read more on Inglewood, SoFi Stadium, Super Bowl LVI, Randy’s Donuts, Wikivoyage Inglewood, Los Angeles Times, 11 February 2022: For Inglewood, Super Bowl brings hopeful glow after years of stagnation and anxiety, The Washington Post, 12 February 2022: A home Super Bowl is good for the Rams. But is SoFi Stadium good for Inglewood?, The New York Times, 13 February 2022: Super Bowl Validates Inglewood’s Dramatic Change, Los Angeles Times, 14 February 2022: Finally, the world saw the exuberance of Black life celebrated at Inglewood’s Super Bowl, The Washington Post, 14 February 2022: In the Super Bowl halftime show, hip-hop finally gets its due and Wikipedia Inglewood (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State - Weather report by weather.com - Global Passport Power Rank - Travel Risk Map - Democracy Index - GDP according to IMF, UN, and World Bank - Global Competitiveness Report - Corruption Perceptions Index - Press Freedom Index - World Justice Project - Rule of Law Index - UN Human Development Index - Global Peace Index - Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index). Photos by Wikimedia Commons. If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.






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