Los Angeles is a progressive, fast-growing city. The expansion of our Downtown entertainment hub alone is evidence of this. As a thriving, sprawling suburban metropolis, our town just keeps getting bigger and better. Learn about LA's renovations, expansions and new projects for 2013.
The clever moniker 'Carmageddon' may have skewed negative but Angelenos made the best of a challenging situation, when the 405 freeway was closed down for renovation on more than one occasion in 2012. The project—which will see more high-occupancy lanes and ramps on the freeway--continues through 2013. Next year, the Wilshire Boulevard part of its construction is due to be completed shortly after the summer months.
It's not often that a city gets a new public museum. But LA will be privy to that 'gift' in 2013, when The Broad--a contemporary art museum--opens on Grand Avenue in Downtown. The 120,000 square foot, tri-level museum (with 50,000 square feet of gallery space) is being designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro. It will consist of Eli and Edythe Broad's amazing collection of work from over 200 artists like Jeff Koons, Cindy Sherman and Roy Lichtenstein. When it opens in 2013, The Broad will join the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Music Center and the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Cue the organ music and get ready to do your best Dodger Blue wave. Dodger Stadium is getting a major makeover. Its senior Vice President of Planning and Development Janet Marie will oversee the renovation project. Baseball fans can expect to enjoy additional bars and restaurants throughout the 50-year-old (over 50 in 2013) stadium. Clubhouses will also be expanded.
A traffic nightmare for already traffic-heavy Downtown LA? Or a really cool new sports and events stadium that the city will enjoy? You be the judge. The proposed Farmers Field Stadium would effectively eliminate the West Hall of the Convention Center. But it won't be ready for action until 2016. However, since the LA City Council has approved its construction, its team is expected to break ground in 2013. When the stadium is activated, it will allow LA to host an NFL team for the first time since Rams and Raiders days (1994).
What better time than Spring to celebrate the opening of a newly renovated outdoor theatre? That's when, in 2013, the Ford Theatres will unveil its new $7.5 million makeover. It includes new seating, repairs to the stage floor, lighting and sound upgardes and some structural work that will enable better water drainage. The Ford Amphitheatre and [Inside] the Ford are set to reopen in May of 2013.
A city's airport is like its own inanimate, architectural welcoming committee, as it's the first face visitors see on arrival. It stands to reason that LAX should be primed and pruned to perfection. The airport is in the throes of a multi-billion dollar capital improvement program. Its centerpiece is the new Tom Bradley International Terminal. The structure will gain greater capacity on its west side, including 18 new gates, as well as a Great Hall for dining and shopping. This first phase ('West Side Gates') is scheduled for completion in the Spring of 2013. It will be followed by the second phase ('East Side Gates') at the end of 2013.
The goal of the Natural History Museum's renovation is to provide an urban wilderness space so that visitors can connect with nature (whilst in the city). Opening in 2013, the so-called 'museum of living nature' in North Campus, will afford opportunities for visitors to spot birds and butterflies and to learn to observe and track them with scientists. Other projects planned are gardening workshops, nature walks with experts and the opening of the museum's Nature Lab. The latter is a place where people will connect to nature in a present and past sense.