Seattle Looks to L.A. for Lessons on Creating an Entertainment District From Scratch

Although its inward-facing corporate design may be loathed by architects and planners, L.A. Live's success in helping to draw redevelopment and activity to South Park is indisputable. Can its successes be replicated in Seattle?

"Investor Chris Hansen’s proposal for a new basketball and hockey arena in Sodo has been highly publicized and debated," writes Lynn Thompson. "Less well-known are his plans to create a smaller, Seattle version of L.A. Live, a complementary district of restaurants and bars adjacent to the arena that would draw sports fans and other visitors and create a destination that won’t be deserted when the home teams are out of town."

"The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce recently led a delegation of business and political leaders to Los Angeles. Part of their mission was to experience L.A. Live and consider how such a venture might work in Seattle, a city that Chamber President Maud Daudon characterized as 'more REI than L.A. Live.'”

Full Story: Remaking Sodo: Hansen, teams, city look at L.A. Live

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