While the Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering moves ahead with its competition for a $350 million renovation and expansion of the Los Angeles Convention Center, the NFL is threatening to make those plans obsolete. According to NBC Sports, a league source has confirmed that the NFL will send one or even two teams back to LA within the next one to two years. Two favorites include the St. Louis Rams and the Oakland Raiders. If the NFL comes to town then AEG's plans for a new downtown stadium (by Gensler) and convention center expansion (by Populous) may follow. Of course a team could just as easily move to a site being floated near Hollywood Park, in Chavez Ravine, and in City of Industry. As of now the city has shortlisted AC Martin/LMN, Gensler/Lehrer Architects, and HMC/Populous for the convention center. No word from the Bureau of Engineering at this point. Stay tuned as we try to make sense of all this.
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Less than two weeks ago, the "Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports" sent 20 thoroughbreds racing around the track at the Kentucky Derby, but across the country, Inglewood's Hollywood Park race track has announced that it will be ceasing all races at the end of this year. Forever. The race track is set to be replaced by about 3,000 homes, more than 600,000 square feet of retail space, 75,000 square feet of commercial space, a renovated casino, about 25 acres of parks, and and a 300-room hotel. The 238-acre master plan, overseen by Wilson Meany and designed by a team including Cooper Robertson, AECOM, and Mia Lehrer and Associates, was actually approved by Inglewood City Council back in 2009, but because of the recession work had been put on hold until now. Most housing will be single family, organized around curving, tree-lined streets. The track, which opened in June 1938, will run its final races from Nov. 7 through Dec. 22. It joins Bay Meadows in Silicon Valley's San Mateao as a recent California racetrack to be replaced by a mixed use community.