A LOOK BACK AT ALL THE DOOMED L.A. STADIUM PROPOSALS
L.A. is now looking forward to welcoming the Rams to Inglewood, and maybe the Chargers, too, ending a 21-year pro-football drought. It's certainly been a long time coming. But first let's take a moment to look back at some of the many stadium proposals that never got off the drawing board: http://bit.ly/DoomedLAStadiums
- •The L.A. ColiseumThis was one of the earliest incarnations, a proposal solicited by the L.A. Coliseum Commission in 1999. Some folks believe in showing respect to tradition. Others believe in planting giant masts next to historic buildings and then suspending roofs from them. L.A. wasted a good decade trying to get some version of this done, before finally giving up in 2007.
- •City of IndustryNothing subtle about this one, from 2008. Then again, you have to work hard to grab people's attention when you're all the way out by the 57 freeway. Looks like the architect was inspired by Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk. Ed Roski liked to tout his project as "shovel ready" — and for all we know, he's still standing out there with his shovel, trying to make this garish thing happen.
- •Downtown L.A.Who can forget Farmer's Field? Until it fizzled, this was going to be Antonio Villaraigosa's legacy. It would have been a bold statement that DTLA is the undisputed cultural center of the region. Well so much for that. In retrospect, you could say that FF marked a new level of seriousness about bringing back the NFL. Still and all, it was a total waste of time. Also, where were people supposed to park?
- •The Rose BowlHere's another giant waste of time. Pasadena spent several years trying to fall in love with the NFL, only to decide it likes the Rose Bowl just fine as it is. There were renderings and environmental reviews, and even a ballot initiative that failed miserably in 2006. Probably for the best. It's impossible to get in and out of there, and you always end up paying $30 to park in some guy's front yard.
- •CarsonPoor Carson. The city best known for having an Ikea has been trying to "get on the map" for decades. Back in the 90s, superagent Michael Ovitz got the city's hopes up with his "Hacienda" proposal, which went nowhere. The Chargers and the Raiders got the city's hopes up again last year, announcing plans to build this giant flying saucer on the site of an old landfill. The city tossed aside its long-standing plan to put a mall on the site and jumped in bed with the NFL. Ah well.