2014: A Banner Year for Inglewood

Thursday, January 15, 2015 Written by 
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If you saw Thomas Bunn’s video presentation either on the City of Inglewood website (www.cityofinglewood.org) or at the Jan. 13 council meeting, it revealed living proof that Inglewood is emerging as a future destination city. 


Here is the print version of what has transpired over the last 12 months, and what has major media buzzing about possibilities that lie ahead for this city—a city that used to be a place folks only drove through on the way to LAX. 


Except for the recently re-opened Fabulous Forum, the visual landscape hasn’t changed much.  Some streets have been repaved and new businesses have come in, but for the most part, the city remains in various stages of construction. 


Signs of momentum are being reflected in rising home prices.  This trend can only get better with the completion of upscale condominiums underway at the old Daniel Freeman Hospital site.


Here’s a brief look at 2014, and why folks are calling it Inglewood’s banner year:


  • Historic Eagles Tour Kicked off the Fabulous Forum’s Reopening
  • Residential Sound Insulation Goals were Exceeded

  • The City’s Deficit was Reduced by More than 50 Percent

  • His Holiness, the Dalai Lama Came to the Forum

  • Inglewood Got Adopted by Snoop Dogg

  • The Biggest Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Ever

  • Inglewood Selected as Host City for Special Olympics in 2015

  • Inglewood Made the Cover of the Los Angeles Business Journal

  • Inglewood Named “2014 Curbed Cup Neighborhood of the Year” by LACurbed.com

  • Ground breaking for the Hollywood Park Tomorrow Project

  • Initiative to Add a Sports Stadium and Entertainment Center to Hollywood Park

  • Ground breaking for Crenshaw/LAX Rail with 2 Stops in Inglewood

  • Ground breaking for a New Community Center

  • Mayor James Butts Voted to Represent  the Southwest Corridor on the Metro Board of Directors


With so much to boast about, and it all happening on his watch, Mayor Butts easily won re-election with 83 percent of the votes.


Of course, no year is perfect and probably the lowest point was the KPCC report on unsafe and unsanitary conditions at some Inglewood schools. It is not clear how IUSD’s ratings could drop so dramatically from 93 out of 100 to 12 within just 6 months.  The district was given time to clean up and make repairs to the schools.  County inspectors were due to make a follow up visit last week.  Everyone needs to step up for the children of Inglewood.


The positive momentum of new development—and therefore new jobs—has boosted civic pride.  It has helped shape the perspective of Inglewood both by residents and outsiders alike.  It is forcing some folks to take a closer look and reconsider what Inglewood has to offer.


“I'm proud to be part of the history of this community and look forward to growing my business here,” said Bunn who covered many city milestones last year. “I'm most excited about the coming year as we begin to work closer with the business community and youth through a number of projects we currently have in development.”










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