DFO Travelogue: Inglewood CA: Future Home of YOUR LOS ANGELES RAMS!

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yeah right is a lifelong Vikings fan. He is into self denial and still harbors hope. Loves to cook, read and drink. But he doesn’t plate.
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As the resident DFO denizen who lives closest to the Rams new stadium project in Inglewood I thought I would begin a series of stadium construction update posts. On Saturday January 30th I headed a few miles East to the lovely, er uh, scenic? no that’s not right either. I went to Inglewood OK? Since the news was released a couple of weeks ago I was curious to see what type of progress was being made with the construction of the L.A. Rams new stadium on the site of the old Hollywood Park race track. First of all, FUCK! I loved Hollywood Park. I would go a couple of times per race season since it’s only a few miles from where I live and I always had a blast watching the ponies. Get some big ass draft beers, a Holly Dog, and a bag of peanuts and I could pretend that I was a life long degenerate gambler with the rest of them. Alas those days are gone for good.

Old Enos Stanley Kroenke snapped up about 300 acres of property right in the smack dab of the greater L.A. Metro area for developing the stadium and the surrounding campus. Business Insider ran an article with the artists renditions of various points of the stadium complex and it’s worth a look. What I wanted to do over the course of the construction is provide YOU! the genteel DFO reader with stadium updates as they occur. I am willing to put boots on the ground to get you hot, breaking construction news as it happens! What I wanted to do today was show you the area as it looked on January 30th 2016 and you can compare the future vision with the current reality.

My first impression was “Holy shit that’s a lot of fucking land!” No kidding the site is fucking massive. It is bordered by Prairie Blvd on the west, Century on the South, almost reaches Crenshaw on the East and is bordered by Manchester Ave on the North.

Site-Plan---City-of-Champions-Revitalization-Project

The featured image at the top of this post was taken from the parking lot of the Hollywood Park Casino facing north. In the distance you can see the Fabulous Forum, former home of the Lakers and Kings and still home to a wide array of concerts and events. If you’ve ever been there you know how big the forum is and when you look at the above map you can see the tiny little round thing in the upper left corner. That’s the Forum and the rest of the surrounding land is basically just being plowed under. The casino is still there, see for yourself.

casino 1

 

casino sign start of construction

To the left of the sign you can see the SW corner of the construction zone.

The casino was surprisingly jumping on a Saturday afternoon. While wandering around the site I was left wondering; over the last couple of days there has been talk about the Raiders looking into a move to Las Vegas. All of the old school beat writers are shaking their heads and harrumphing about how the league would never allow this because there’s gambling in Vegas. Well guess what this motherfucker is? It’s a goddamn CASINO right off of the Century Blvd entrance on the actual stadium site! I see no hypocrisy in that. Guess 3 billion buys you a little flexibility regarding gambling and the NFL. Las Vegas better take note.

What I wanted to do today was show what obstacles the developers will be facing in their efforts to both build the stadium and improve the surrounding area. Basically I wanted to show you some real Inglewood life and let you decide if this is going to attract world travelers to the L.A stadium. Which it turns out is being called City Of Champions Stadium as of now. Let me just show you some of this City of Champions life as of this Saturday.

I left my humble town of Mayberry by the Sea (El Segundo) and headed East down Imperial Highway about 3 1/2 miles and proceeded to make a left on Prairie to drive to the site. One of the first things I noticed was some lovely local art work.

graffitti

That’s just those Kooky 111th Street Crips getting up to their old hijinks. This is about 1 mile from the stadium site. Here is the SW corner of the site at Prairie and Century.

prairie and century

If you click on these photos you can enlarge them. Way off in the distance to the north you can see the Forum again, the rest is all property to be developed. Did I mention how absolutely fucking YUUUGGE this site is? Goddamn that’s a lot of land. In the foreground is Churchs Fried Chicken and yes I now must find out what Texas Pete’s wings are. Just not today. I’ll get to the chicken later.

Along the way we passed some fine dining establishments. This one for instance.

woodys bbq

Woody’s Barbecue. It smelled pretty amazing too. I haven’t been to this particular joint but I do have some solid L.A. barbecue recommendations if you are interested.

No vacation would be complete without access to some of life’s necessities. A convenient liquor store always comes in handy.

liquor store

Now at the corner of Manchester and Prairie we come to the world famous…

Sizzler

Sizzler! You bet your ass I’ve eaten a shitload of Malibu chicken in this motherfucker. The first time I came to the Forum was in 1973-74. My family came down for a Lakers Vs. Pistons game and Hell yes we ate at the Sizzler. It was kind of a Forum tradition for awhile. I used to go to a lot of concerts at the Forum in the late 70’s Early 80’s and we hit the Sizzler up on a few of these trips. There may have been a time when we dropped acid in the bathroom at the Sizzler prior to going to a concert. OR DID WE?

If it’s more provocative entertainment you crave, well, Inglewood has that covered too.

sex shop

I just fucking love that there is a gun range next door to the adult video store. You can blast off every which way in the same location!

Now if some of you are thinking I’m just making fun of my neighboring city to the Northeast, it’s because I am. Actually Inglewood has some really cool examples of a type of local architecture indigenous to the L.A scene in the 50’s and 60’s. It’s called “Googie Architecture” and yes that is every bit as horrifying to type as I thought it would be.

On Manchester there is a perfect example of this style of architecture in the form of a car wash.

car wash

Here’s the old Academy theater only it’s been re-purposed for….something or other.

old academy theater

And it wouldn’t be right to visit Inglewood without visiting the world famous.

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Randy’s donuts!!!! Have you ever wondered what’s on the menu at Randy’s? Well wonder no more!!!

donut menu

I had a bite off of a chocolate cake donut with sprinkles and a cake donut with cherry glaze. Not kidding you this was the first taste of a donut I’ve had in probably 15 years and it was, delicious. I preferred the cherry glaze.

Across from the Forum entrance is the Inglewood Park cemetery. Scenic!

cemetary and street signs

There’s a road that runs from the cemetery across Manchester to the entrance of the Forum that’s named after Laker legend Kareem Abdul Jabbar that looks a little strange when it crosses over into the cemetery. Don’t go Kareem! Stay here on Earth!

cemetary kareem court

Anyway enough of that. I know what you all came to see. Hard core old fashioned in your face construction porn! Boy did you come to the right place. To be honest it’s all ground clearing at this point. The only new construction I saw was a brand new parking lot for the casino so the previous parking lot can be razed along with everything else.

Here’s one of my favorite shots. This is from the construction site adjacent to the casino and looking due east. As a reminder this was taken in the very middle of the second largest city in the U.S. and it is absolutely post apocalyptic.

ground is broken

Trippy shit man!

from NE old holly parking lot

One thing I was amazed by was how much fucking parking there was for the old racetrack. This shit covered ACRES of land. Oh yes, LAX is very close.

forum dirt plane

I was encouraged by how many views I was able to get of the site. There were vantage points from all directions so future updates should be good. Here’s a view from the East looking back west. This is the remnant of the Hollywood Park grandstand. It’s left standing because it is essentially the back wall of the casino.

construction from east camera

 

construction from east dirt and trees

Here’s a view facing south with the Forum in the foreground.

due south with forum

Here’s an old parking entrance. Gate 7. This is NE of the construction and about 2 fucking miles away. It reminds me of a left over relic from a previous civilization. Stonehenge like.

holly park sign

I don’t want to give anyone the impression that I’m bashing the shit out of this poor third world part of town, even though I am, because I saw real signs of gentrification and improvement. Everything to the east of the site has already been cleaned up some. There are entirely new shopping complexes and a HOME DEPOT! The real sign that your neighborhood is on the rebound is when one of these goes into your town:

in n out

Don’t think that Inglewood doesn’t have any redeeming value. Hell the city is a veritable cornucopia of cultural significance. That may be overdoing it but when I saw this sign? I was happy.

roscoes sign

 

Because that sign was attached to this building:

Roscoes

 

And inside this building was this:

chicken dinner

Sorry for the poor quality on this one, my fried chicken anticipation was causing me great consternation.

Another thing the Rams players should consider? There may be traffic.

LA traffic

Alright folks let’s tidy this up. I have a feeling this is going to be an amazing piece of work when all is said and done. Did I mention how fucking big this goddamn site is? Because holy fucking cat shit this is a big site. I don’t think the city will screw this up too bad but I will say somebody is going to need a big ass broom and a monster size can of Lysol to put the proper application of lipstick on a pig of this stature.

Once again I plan on giving periodic construction updates with actual real live reporting! Who does that?

Thanks for reading and remember that there is nothing but love for you out here. Cali style love.

All of the photos, not including the map at the top were taking by me personally on the actual site. Look at the lengths I go to for you good folks.

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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

Now we can expect a drive by shooting at the posh Galactic Headquarters of DFO.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

THIS IS FUCKING BEAUTIFUL. FUCK YEAH, YEAH RIGHT! YEAH FUCK, RIGHT, RIGHT FUCK YEAH!!

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Bloody Lethal
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Bloody Lethal

I must know more about this… “Holly Dog”….

ballsofsteelandfury
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It was magical. And only $1 on certain nights. Alas, it is as dead to the world as the horse racing track that used to be there.

Sill Bimmons
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Sill Bimmons

I hate where I live.

Nothing ever happens here.

monty this seems strange to me
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“What are ‘original photographs‘?”

– NFL Memes

entropy
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I fucking love Church’s Chicken and make no apologies for it. I do NOT care for LA, even though the only times I was ever there I went with pro skateboarders back in the 90s and goofed around all day. It just always took forever to get anywhere, and then we still had to get back to fuckin Encinitas afterward.

Low Commander of the Super Soldiers
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Wooooo, Encinitas love!

I grew up about 3 miles from the Y’s skatepark, and that drive up and back on the 5 to LA is brutal anytime except for around 7pm.

ballsofsteelandfury
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Anyone that makes the drive from North County to LA is insane. I mean, you’re ALREADY in North County, which is just about perfect. Why the hell would you go up to… what…Irvine?!?

Son of Spam can chime in here, but there is nothing in Orange County worth leaving North County.

entropy
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Did you miss the “pro skaterboarders” bit? North County in the 90s had so many anti-skating devices that for good street skating we’d go North. However, for any reason, heading North is indeed insanity. We didn’t even like going to Oceanside.

Low Commander of the Super Soldiers
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Yuppies. Ruin. Everything.

JerBear50
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JerBear50

Church’s biscuits are fantastic. They’ve all closed up around here though.

monty this seems strange to me
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ballsofsteelandfury
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Yeah, we actually do. I can’t really say anything otherwise.

WhyEaglesWhy
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Yup.

jjfozz
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I used to travel out to LA once a year for E3 – and the company put us up at nice digs, let us run wild, got drunk, etc.

But after two days, my hatred for LA would come to a boil. The downtown is not even a downtown.

The only saving grace was having breakfast at The Pantry. Otherwise, it was like being on the moon, or driving around Dallas during the Super Bowl with PK.

Sill Bimmons
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Sill Bimmons

Name five moonscapes more windswept. You can’t.

BrettFavresColonoscopy
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BTW, check out what pops up first when you google “St. Louis Rams Stadium”: https://www.google.com/search?q=st+louis+rams+stadium&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8

Rikki-Tikki-Deadly
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Weird, when I try that it says “Did you mean Stag Louis Rams Stacy?” You know me too well, Google.

BrettFavresColonoscopy
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I can’t wait for DTZM’s companion piece: Edward Jones Dome-neighborhood Dilapidation Watch

The Right Reverend Electric Mayhem
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There isn’t a neighborhood there. There’s an overpass, an adjoining convention center, and that’s about it.

BrettFavresColonoscopy
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The Kroenke dilapidation plan is complete!

Bloody Lethal
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Bloody Lethal

Quick threadjack…

Since a new roommate moved in to my apartment I’ve been having spotty wifi on my PS4 basically only when he is home an streaming a PS3 in his room (which is closer to the router). I’m not sure what to make of the issue, but long story short, I figure buying a new router could be a possible fix. Anyone got a good recommendation for a home network router that can maximize wifi?

jjfozz
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Burn his PS3 and call him a bitch. Problem solved.

blaxabbath
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We call this a Baltimore Compromise.

Sill Bimmons
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Sill Bimmons

The Carroll Park Compact.

Low Commander of the Super Soldiers
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If the router is in his room, just ask him to plug his PS3 directly into the router with an Ethernet cord. It should reduce the issues with the Wifi, at least somewhat, and be better for him overall.

If you can, run an Ethernet of your own under the carpet or somewhere hidden to your PS4, rather than relying on Wifi. The difference for me was night and day. If you have hardwired U-Verse or another of those internet cable boxes nearby, just get a splitter and jack in (heh) to that.

Sill Bimmons
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Sill Bimmons

Flip the switch on the VHF connector box from “TV” to “GAME.”

That ought to do it.

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theeWeeBabySeamus
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The Forum looks pretty good since they got all those zombies out of it.
Huh? What the hell is Fear the Walking Dead? I was talking about the Lakers.

Rikki-Tikki-Deadly
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“God help us. The zombies have learned to shoot. And there’s no stopping them.”

Rick Grimes, watching Kobe Bryant launch another three point airball.

Horatio Cornblower
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Meh, if they’re anything like the current Kobe they won’t hit anything.

monty this seems strange to me
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Needs moar RAM IT!

blaxabbath
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As an ode to Jimmy Hoffa, I think the construction bosses should have Goodell poured into the concrete under section 107 of the new stadium.

blaxabbath
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“As the resident DFO denizen who lives closest to the Rams new stadium project in Inglewood…”

Have you put down your deposit for season tickets yet?! Fucking Hollywood Foles is taking this team straight to the top*!

*7-9 with four wins over the Cardinals and Seahawks each season.

ballsofsteelandfury
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A hidden gem is the OTHER Randys Donuts. Fried chicken and donuts from the same place. Delightful.

Spanky Datass
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Spanky Datass

I was told there would be waffles; I did not see waffles.

ballsofsteelandfury
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You killed me with the blastoff line. Excellent fucking work!

Now, folks, I hope you noticed that these pictures were taken during the day. There is a reason for that…

Duchess
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I once heard that Inglewood was up to no good.

Beerguyrob
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Man, those 111th St Crips are going to just love those Rams old school jerseys.

Porky Prime
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Porky Prime

I could never move back to LA unless I were fairly affluent. Between the traffic and the cement sprawl, I’d strangle someone. But I do miss the highlight reel from time to time. It was nice to see your little travelogue, and it will be really interesting to revisit in 5 years when Kroenke and his Kroenies whitewash the fuck out of the area.

Fuckin a that’s a big chunk of land. Whose dick did he suck to get a plot that big in SoCal without having to mortgage the Avalanche?

JustStopDude
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JustStopDude

This could be because my time in California is limited to Ontario (working at the steel mill there) and visiting my sister and her ex-husband in LA (I never liked that fucker from day one), but I have always been amazed at how much people seem to love that city.

I mean its just sprawl…and sprawl…and sprawl. The weather is nice, except it just encourages homeless people. I’ll never forget the time I was screamed at for smoking a cig outside of a bar, by a bunch of people sharing a joint. Oh and don’t fucking get me started on the fact you can’t have a conversation in public without some asshole dropping a script in your lap or trying to name drop into your conversation.

Put LA in Michigan and it turns into Detroit in a year.

Porky Prime
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Porky Prime

Put Detroit in Southern California and it becomes a Kurt Russell movie.
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ballsofsteelandfury
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Let me guess. Your sister’s ex-husband was in the entertainment business and they lived in West LA? I could see how your impression could form like that.

This town would be great if it wasn’t for the Hollywood assholes.

WhyEaglesWhy
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Well, there’s one less Hollywood asshole since I moved away!