Just Another Day In SouthLA
[QUOTED DIRECTLY FROM EMAIL] To date, through our advocacy efforts we have successfully convinced Metro to underground 2 of the 3 miles of the Crenshaw-LAX Light Rail Line that runs through our community on Crenshaw Blvd. But the final mile remains (from 48th to 59th Streets), and the Leimert Park Village station is currently considered “optional” by MTA.
At the April 28th MTA board meeting (info below), MTA Board Member & County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas will be offering a motion to direct Metro staff to find the money to keep the Crenshaw-LAX Line underground the entire portion on Crenshaw Blvd and make the Leimert Park Village station official. Here is the motion (link).
In addition to the safety, traffic and community impact issues, if Metro staff’s current street-level plan is allowed, the currently struggling (mostly black-owned) small business economy of Crenshaw Blvd will die from 4-5 years of disruptive street-level construction. It is the type of destruction that typically takes commercial corridors like ours a decade or more recover, if ever.
But if we are able to persuade the Metro Board on April 28th to do right by the Crenshaw community, we will be presented with the single greatest opportunity to economically revitalize our corridor…perhaps ever.
MTA VOTE ON CRENSHAW SUBWAY & LEIMERT PARK VILLAGE STATION
Thursday, April 28 – 9 AM
1 Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012
(Tall building behind Union Station)