Metro is being urged to add a Leimert Park stop on the Crenshaw Line, but the agency cites costs and other planned stops nearby. Ari Bloomekatz reports:
Leimert Park Village has long been a soul of African American life and culture in South Los Angeles.
Jazz and blues regularly spill into the street, and shoppers browse the titles at one of the last remaining black-centric bookstores. Community activists meet in Leimert Park Village and residents sometimes hold memorial vigils there.
But to dismay of some in South L.A., a new light rail line set to run through the heart of L.A.’s black community does not include a stop at the historic district. Instead, planners want to build a station about half a mile north, at the Crenshaw-Baldwin Hills mall, which they believe is more of a draw.
A metro line would make getting to the Leimert Park Art Walk (yes, they’re on Tumblr) a lot easier.
Photo: Ralph Zeno enjoys breakfast on the outdoor patio at the California Float Cafe on Crenshaw Boulevard in Leimert Park. The area is not scheduled to get a stop on the new Crenshaw Line. Credit: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times
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