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L.A. Council Approves ‘Dodgertown’ Naming

The Los Angeles City Council approved a resolution Tuesday to rename the area around Dodger Stadium “Dodgertown” to coincide with a multimillion-dollar renovation to be completed by the stadium’s 50th anniversary and opening day of the 2012 season.

The unanimously approved resolution calls for federal legislation to redraw a ZIP code boundary around Academy Drive to the north, Lookout Drive to the south, stadium Way to the west and Academy Drive/Solano Avenue to the east. The council hopes a local congressional representative will agree to carry the bill.

“This really is about celebrating and memorializing the great tradition that the Dodgers have brought to this town,” said City Councilman Ed Reyes, who represents the area. “This resolution will essentially identify the Dodger property only as Dodgertown. It will not impact surrounding communities, surrounding properties, so all the folks who live around Dodger Stadium need not to worry.”

The Dodgers, enjoying one of their best seasons in decades, swept the Chicago Cubs in the division playoffs, and are taking on the Philadelphia Phillies in the National League championship series starting today.

Dodger Stadium is undergoing a $500 million renovation calling for a promenade, restaurants, museum, and a tree-lined entrance, Dodger Way.