Inglewood, CA—Gentrification is happening fast, as the takeover of Los Angeles by billion dollar investments is pushing out natives of Los Angeles and surrounding areas of Inglewood out in alarming rates.
The multi-billion dollar arena currently being built in Inglewood for the Los Angeles Rams and the Chargers, will now be accompanied by a new privately funded Clippers stadium. The stadium will sit south of the Rams stadium.
After consistent organizing and showing up to city council meetings, local activists successfully pressured Inglewood Mayor James Butts, to pass a rent control initiative.
The residents of Inglewood however, are currently suing the city. They point to the issue that the 22-acre plot of land owned by the city, should have been considered for affordable housing projects before being acquired for a stadium.
“Inglewood residents might not all be on board, but the Clippers and city leaders are driving forward with plans to build a $1 billion NBA arena in the booming city. They released the first renderings Thursday of the striking, metal-clad complex that would rise across from the under-construction NFL stadium on Century Boulevard.”
The team is currently leased to play at the Staples Center until 2024, when the new stadium is expected to be completed. The 18,500 seat arena will serve as the teams headquarters and will be equipped with Community basketball courts, as well as a medicine clinic.
Mayor Butts released a statement standing behind the clippers.
“The Clippers’ presence in our city will create a sustainable revenue source and boost civic pride, revitalizing our community for years to come,” he said in a statement.