Crenshaw Boulevard comes to a crossroads: Optimism and anxiety travel along its route, as a revived rail service push and an auto-free younger generation herald changes for one close-knit community.
Be sure to check out Christopher Hawthorne’s guided tour along Crenshaw Boulevard. This is the third story in his On the Boulevards series.
Shadow boxes shed light on African American history: Scenes featuring pocket-size furniture and dolls aim to show both the dark and bright sides of black history. The miniature museum travels through L.A. classrooms and will soon have a permanent home in Leimert Park Village.
Photo: “Terror by Night” is the title of this shadow box by Karen Collins. It illustrates the role of the KKK in black history. View more of her work at the photo gallery. Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times
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
The L.A. neighborhood of Leimert Park with a historical devotion to black culture is gaining new, diverse fans at its art walk — thanks to buzz from social media.
Photo: Ben Caldwell, project host and coordinator of the Leimert Park Art Walk. Credit: Stefano Paltera / For The Times