Los Angeles is not just a city, but an urban conglomerate that has transformed what used to be a region into a metropolis. The city government will mark the 2028 Olympics with several projects.
One of these concerns Inglewood, a separate municipality in Los Angeles County that, like Hollywood, Venice Beach, and Santa Monica, is now considered a de facto part of the metropolis. Inglewood, a residential neighborhood where mostly African-American and Latino citizens live, hosts the SoFi Stadium, which was completed in September 2020. This home to the Rams and Chargers football games will host the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2028 Olympics. The maxi structure is already among the most modern and sustainable stadiums in the U.S., and will become a symbol of the 2028 Games, which the mayor of Los Angeles wants to focus first and foremost on sustainability.
Sustainability has thus become the watchword for the city’s major projects, such as the new rail and subway lines that aim to reduce the infamous traffic congestion. According to a study by the multinational satellite navigation company, TomTom, Los Angeles ranked 59th among the world’s busiest cities in 2021, and on average for every half hour spent in a car, 18 minutes are lost in traffic.
Those who know the metropolis know that its highways become a carpet of sheet metal for several hours of the day. This is why there’s a collective effort to equip this huge city with an alternative transportation system.
The journey to initiating a significant transformation that will greatly increase the rail network has now started, and the 2028 Olympic commitment offers everyone a chance to focus on reaching the goal. It remains to be seen whether local and state governments, as well as all project stakeholders, will be able to win such an ambitious bet in a limited time.