Space Exploration

With the rise of SpaceX and Rams stadium, Hawthorne's industrial areas are becoming hip

With the rise of SpaceX and Rams stadium, Hawthorne's industrial areas are becoming hip

The scent of beer spills into the brick-walled taproom at Los Angeles Ale Works, a craft brewery that opened earlier this year on a quiet industrial block in Hawthorne.

Behind the brewery, a boutique letter press company prints cards, wedding invitations and other stationery, while a woodworking shop a few feet away makes custom furniture. Nearby, a used Falcon 9 first-stage booster towers over the headquarters of rocket maker SpaceX and nearby warehouses that are increasingly filled with an eclectic mix of products, eateries and artists.

The rise of Elon Musk’s SpaceX, more-affordable rents and the lure of Inglewood’s future pro football stadium are combining to transform...

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