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|Former name(s)||Angeles Mesa Drive|
|Namesake||George L. Crenshaw|
|Length||23.46 mi (37.76 km)|
|Location||Los Angeles, Inglewood, Hawthorne, Torrance, Rancho Palos Verdes California, U.S.|
|Nearest metro station|
|North end||Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles|
|South end||Crest Drive in Rancho Palos Verdes|
The street extends between Wilshire Boulevard in Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles, on the north and Rolling Hills, on the south. Crenshaw marks the eastern boundaries of Torrance, and Hawthorne and the western border of Gardena.
The southern end of Crenshaw Boulevard was at Adams Street until 1916-1918, when the road was extended between Adams on the north and Slauson Avenue on the south. The extension saved three miles in travel over the nearest through road (Western Avenue) and five miles over the nearest paved road (Vermont Avenue).
The street became a major transportation route with tracks for the 5 Line streetcar line in the median between Leimert Boulevard on the north close to Florence Ave on the south. With the abandonment of the streetcar system in the 1950s, the railway median was narrowed, the driving lanes improved and the street reconfigured for automobiles, buses and trucks.:1-1
Many local residents were disappointed that 71 mature street-line trees were cut down in 2012 to make way for the Space Shuttle Endeavour to be moved from LAX to the California Science Center in nearby Exposition Park. The construction of the Crenshaw/LAX Line required the removal of additional trees in 2014. City officials promised that more trees would be planted than were removed.:12 The improvements will include bike lanes, wider sidewalks, new Metro bus stops, LED traffic lights and street lights.:1-5 The revitalization was coordinated with the construction of Destination Crenshaw. A 1.3-mile-long (2.1 km) portion of Crenshaw Boulevard in the Hyde Park and Leimert Park neighborhoods will become an open-air museum dedicated to preserving the history and culture of African Americans. The project includes pocket parks, outdoor sculptures, murals, street furniture, and landscaping.
Metro Local lines 40 and 210, and Torrance Transit line 10 serve Crenshaw Boulevard; Metro line 210 run through the majority of Crenshaw Boulevard to Artesia Boulevard, Metro line 40 from Crenshaw District to Hyde Park, and Torrance Transit line 10 south of Artesia Boulevard. The Metro C Line serves the Crenshaw station on Crenshaw Boulevard underneath Interstate 105, while the Metro E Line runs along Exposition Blvd and serves Expo/Crenshaw station at the intersection with Exposition Boulevard.
In the Crenshaw district, Crenshaw Boulevard and Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza are served primarily by LADOT trolleys, buses and soon a light rail subway line with four Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus lines that are:
Crenshaw Boulevard is also briefly served in the Crenshaw district by the following LACMTA lines:
Crenshaw Boulevard is served by these LADOT Dash lines:
- The intersection of Slauson Avenue and Crenshaw Boulevard was named Ermias “Nipsey Hussle” Asghedom Square in April 2019 to honor him and his contributions to the neighborhood.
- Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza
- Crenshaw High School
- Destination Crenshaw, 1.3-mile-long (2.1 km) open-air museum of African American history and culture
- The Holiday Bowl was a bowling alley and café known for being a center of ethnic diversity during the 1960s and 1970s. It featured a sushi bar known as the Sakiba Lounge with live musical acts with a Modernist Googie architecture style. It is City of Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument #688.
- SpaceX Headquarters
- Christopher Hawthorne, "Crenshaw Boulevard comes to a crossroads", Los Angeles Times, September 15, 2012.
- Robinson-Jacobs, Karen (May 2, 2001). "Noticing a Latin Flavor in Crenshaw". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 21, 2016.
- Meares, Hadley (2019-05-17). "How Crenshaw became black LA's main street". Curbed LA. Retrieved 2019-05-18.
- Parra, Alvaro (October 23, 2014). "Crenshaw Boulevard: Cruising Through the Decades". KCET. Retrieved May 3, 2020.
- "Road Project Is in Peril," Los Angeles Times August 20, 1916, image 23
- "After Many Delays," Los Angeles Times, January 27, 1918, image 82
- "Los Angeles Railway in Brief - Map of Streetcar Routes". Archived from the original on 2016-10-05. Retrieved 2013-09-05.
- "5 Line". Archived from the original on 2007-01-03. Retrieved 2013-09-05.
- Crenshaw Boulevard Streetscape Plan (PDF) (Report). Los Angeles City Planning. March 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-03-24. Retrieved 2017-06-05.
- Jennings, Angel "Tree removal along Crenshaw has residents stumped" Los Angeles Times, March 30, 2014
- Zahniser, David (May 9, 2019). "South L.A. was promised a Target. Millions of dollars later, it has a vacant lot". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2019-05-11.
- Barragan, Bianca (2014-03-31). "Crenshaw Boulevard Losing Even More Trees For Crenshaw Line". Curbed LA. Retrieved 2020-08-30.
- "Crenshaw Corridor Specific Plan" (PDF). City of Los Angeles. April 19, 2017. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 5, 2019. Retrieved May 4, 2019.
- Flores, Jessica (2020-03-02). "Actress Issa Rae at Destination Crenshaw groundbreaking: 'We're not going anywhere'". Curbed LA. Retrieved 2020-08-18.
- Dambrot, Shana Nys (2018-11-14). "Destination Crenshaw: Black Los Angeles Greets the World". LA Weekly. Retrieved 2020-02-17.
- "Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor (project website)". Metro (LACMTA). June 27, 2013. Retrieved 2013-09-11.
- Cosgrove, Jaclyn (April 9, 2019). "Crenshaw and Slauson intersection to be named in honor of Nipsey Hussle". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2019-04-10.
- "Game Over For Holiday Bowl?". November 21, 2008. Archived from the original on November 21, 2008. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
- "Monument Search Results Page". Cityplanning.lacity.org. Archived from the original on October 13, 2007. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
- "SpaceX erects historic 16-story-tall rocket booster outside its Hawthorne headquarters". daily breeze.com. Retrieved 2017-06-08.
- Media related to Crenshaw Boulevard at Wikimedia Commons