POLITICS/URBAN AFFAIRS: Crenshaw Boulevard/South Los Angeles: "A grand vision to revive Crenshaw Boulevard" ....
* Los Angeles Times: "A grand vision to revive Crenshaw Boulevard" - From the LAT:
Perched high atop a parade float on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Yvonne Ellett surveyed Crenshaw Boulevard, the once-vibrant retail spine of South Los Angeles. She was disappointed by what she saw: tattoo parlors, marijuana dispensaries and boarded-up businesses. "Our retail corridors make us look like we are poverty-stricken," said Ellett, co-chairwoman of the Empowerment Congress West Area Neighborhood Development Council. "That's not necessarily the case. These are solid middle-class neighborhoods."
The economic renaissances that have roared into neighborhoods like downtown Los Angeles, Highland Park and Venice have largely skipped over the south side of the city. Now, there's a grand vision to revive Crenshaw Boulevard, a stretch high in symbolism especially for L.A.'s black community. The plan is to transform the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza into an "urban village" that would mirror Glendale's Americana, with a 12-story hotel, office space, new shops, restaurants, condominiums and apartments.
Over the years, Crenshaw Plaza has experienced peaks and valleys . . . . . . . .
There is a feeling that much is riding on being able to morph the Crenshaw mall into a broader shopping destination — and that if such a plan were to succeed it could revitalize the entire Crenshaw corridor from West Adams to Leimert Park ....................