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Los Angeles vies to become new home of Comic-Con

04.10.2010

There's been talk of late, what with Comic-Con inching ever closer and with the convention's contract with the city of San Diego running out in 2012, of whether or not the "Geek Mecca" should stay put and renegotiate a new contract in its current home, or relocate to a new one.

Among those cities bidding for the Con are Las Vegas, Anaheim, and Los Angeles. Anaheim and the Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau have already issued a press release stating their intention to land the event. And then of course, they did the next best thing and started a Facebook fan page!

Well, now Los Angeles says "F*ck you, Anaheim!" and has started a Facebook fan page of their own. On it, they list a lot of good reasons why they're the city to beat. Here are a few:

Los Angeles … Simply has More Space
With more than 900,000 square feet of exhibit and meeting space, the Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC) alone has 100,000 more square feet to offer Comic-Con than the current San Diego convention center. Not to mention, there are 15,000 parking spaces within half a mile of the LACC. Whether or not San Diego expands their convention center, the LACC stands out amongst all the convention centers in the nation thanks to the recent add-on of the adjacent 4,000,000-square-foot sports, entertainment and residential district ... L.A. LIVE.

Los Angeles … Now has L.A. LIVE
The $2.5 billion entertainment and sports complex across the street from the LACC consists of the 7,100-seat NOKIA Theatre; the GRAMMY® Museum; Club NOKIA; an ESPN Zone with broadcast facilities; Lucky Strike Lanes; The Conga Room; and many of LA's top restaurants including Katsuya, ROCK'N FISH, Rosa Mexicano, Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill, Trader Vic's, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, and Yard House. Not to mention, the 54-story J.W. Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels opened earlier this year.

Los Angeles … Paints the Town Green
Touted as one of the nation’s most environmentally-friendly metropolises, it’s no coincidence that the first trade show to bring together the entire spectrum of green products and services under one, solar-paneled roof (Green West Expo/Conference) was held at the LACC. The LACC is the largest solar-generating building in North America and the nation’s greenest. It has the capability to recycle 99 percent of used trade show materials, as well as transform food waste into animal waste. Not to mention, the LACC recently accepted LEED-EB certification.


And as a native Angeleno who's lived here his entire life, this one made me laugh:

Los Angeles … Is Safer Than You Think
The violent crime rate for the City of Los Angeles has fallen 23 percent over the last five years. LA’s crime rate was ranked second lowest of the 10 cities with populations of one million or more.


So, what do you guys think? I'm especially interested in hearing from LA-area Schmoes. That part of Downtown has been getting revitalized for years now, and will continue to do so in big ways whether or not Comic-Con comes to town. Thus, I'm personally indifferent, but I'd rather hear from LA denizens or those of you who actually make the trek out here time and time again.
Extra Tidbit: A recent land deal down in San Diego might actually trigger a multi-million dollar proposal to expand the city's convention center to move forward, rendering all of LA and Anaheim's Facebook fan pages totally moot!

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