Downtown Inglewood and Fairview Heights
The recently adopted New Downtown & Fairview Heights TOD Plan & Design Guidelines will help restore Downtown Inglewood into being an area that is vibrant, walkable and the heart of the City, and enhance access throughout.
The Plan sets urban design concepts, zoning regulations, development standards, design guidelines and streetscape plans for, roughly, the areas within one-half mile of the Downtown Inglewood (Florence/La Brea) and Fairview Heights (Florence/West) stations on the Metro Crenshaw/LAX Line. These elements seek to implement the vision of Downtown Inglewood:
- Downtown is a place to live, work, shop and be entertained
- Downtown is a revitalized yet forward-looking gathering place for the community
- Downtown provides a unique mix of accessibility options including light rail, pedestrians, bicycles, autos, buses and advanced technology local transit
- Downtown is a major economic engine providing jobs, sales tax and other revenues
- Downtown is a model for sustainable development
- Downtown expresses the unique culture of Inglewood
Centered on Market Street, Downtown Inglewood was once the true heart of the community. Residents and workers rode the Red Car and drove in to the large stores and restaurants in the city center. Movie theaters drew crowds to the premieres of films we today consider classics. When the large anchor stores left, however, Downtown lost its place as the commercial and social heart of the city, and in recent years, has been largely devoid of activity.
“On Market Street, there were nice restaurants and nice stores. They had big department stores before: a J.C. Penney’s, a Boston store. You would call them, and they would pick out a gift for you. And Manchester had boutiques.” – Longtime resident
Alongside many residents, the City of Inglewood believes this is the time for Downtown Inglewood to undergo a renaissance and become a vibrant gathering place for the whole community. Light rail service from LAX, Downtown Los Angeles and Santa Monica will improve accessibility to the area. Development and reinvestment at the Forum and Hollywood Park are giving Inglewood a new image and cache in Southern California. A veritable art scene has risen throughout the community, and a new generation of young people is expressing their preference for living in historic, mixed-use neighborhoods in cities across the country.
“[Downtown Inglewood is] intimate, it can be friendly. There’s a cool feel. It has access to everywhere, including the Forum and Hollywood Park.” – Community leader
“Inglewood is one of the easiest places to get to. It is a real diamond in the rough with perfect weather.” – Longtime resident and urban planner
“Downtown is convenient and beautiful.” – Community leader
The Plan also implements the vision of Fairview Heights: