Vision Lacking in Downtown L.A. Stadium Plan

Plans for a downtown football stadium in Los Angeles are seeming ever more likely to pan out. The project present an opportunity for the city to develop a major center, but shortsightedness could keep it from becoming an exciting part of the city.

"The arrival of the stadium would give downtown another push toward true centrality in Los Angeles, or at least help make it first among equals when it comes to the city's many centers. But the impact on its immediate neighborhood, the South Park section of downtown, promises to be a whole lot less positive.

Or, to be precise, a whole lot more of the same.

In fact, if there's one thing we can count on - given AEG's architectural track record - it is that Farmers Field promises to expand, in seamless fashion, the reach and impressive scale of AEG-land, that sleek, glossy commercial oasis between South Park proper and the Harbor Freeway."

This piece criticizes the architecture of the mega venues around the proposed stadium and cautions that making more of the same would shortchange the city.

Full Story: Critic's Notebook: AEG's designs on downtown L.A. stadium


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