ⓘ Crenshaw Boulevard is a principal north-south thoroughfare in Los Angeles, California that runs through Crenshaw and other neighborhoods along a 23-mile route i ..

Crenshaw Boulevard

ⓘ Crenshaw Boulevard

Crenshaw Boulevard is a principal north-south thoroughfare in Los Angeles, California that runs through Crenshaw and other neighborhoods along a 23-mile route in the west-central part of the city.

The street starts at Wilshire Boulevard in Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles and runs through several demographically diverse areas to end in Rolling Hills. Crenshaw makes the eastern boundary through the City of Gardena, Torrance, and Hawthorne.

The commercial corridor in the Hyde Park neighborhood is known as "the heart of African American commerce in Los Angeles".


1. History

Crenshaw Boulevard was named Angeles Mesa Drive until 1904, when the street was named after banker and Los Angeles real estate developer George Lafayette Crenshaw who also developed the affluent Lafayette Square.

In the early 1900s there were tracks for the 5 Line streetcar line in the 1920s through 1950s ran down the median between Leimert Boulevard on the north to near Florence Ave on the south. Since the abandonment of the streetcars, the former railway median has been narrowed, the driving lanes were improved and the street reconfigured for specifically automobiles.


1.1. History Revitalization project

Many local residents were disappointed to see 71 mature street-line trees chopped down to make way for the Space Shuttle Endeavour to be moved from LAX to the California Science Center in nearby Exposition Park.

Additional trees were removed for the under construction Crenshaw/LAX Line, but various officials have promised an aesthetically cohesive new revitalized boulevard with more trees being planted than were removed. The project will also feature bike lanes, wider sidewalks, new Metro bus stops, street furniture with LED traffic lights and street lights.


2.1. Transportation Metro Local

Metro Local lines 40 and 210, Metro Rapid lines 710 and 740, and Torrance Transit line 10 serve Crenshaw Boulevard; Metro lines 210 and 710 run through the majority of Crenshaw Boulevard to Artesia Boulevard, Metro lines 40 and 740 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:

  • Metro Rapid Line 710 - South Bay Galleria - Wilshire/Western D Line Station via Redondo Beach Boulevard and Crenshaw Boulevard
  • Metro Rapid Line 740 - South Bay Galleria - Inglewood Transit Center - Expo/Crenshaw Station
  • Metro Local Line 40 - South Bay Galleria - Patsaouras Transit Plaza via Martin Luther King Boulevard and Hawthorne Boulevard
  • Metro Local Line 210 - South Bay Galleria - Hollywood/Vine B Line Station via Crenshaw Boulevard, Rossmore Avenue, and Vine Street

Crenshaw Boulevard is also briefly served in the Crenshaw district by the following LACMTA lines:

  • Metro Local Line 105 / Rapid Line 705 - West Hollywood - Vernon via La Cienega Boulevard, Barack Obama Boulevard and Vernon Avenue
  • Metro Local Line 102 - LAX City Bus Center to Huntington Park via La Tijera Boulevard, Stocker Street, Exposition Boulevard and Jefferson Boulevard


2.2. Transportation LADOT

Crenshaw Boulevard is also briefly served in the LADOT by the following LADOT Dash lines:

  • LADOT Crenshaw - Stocker and Coliseum via La Brea
  • LADOT Midtown - Down Crenshaw Blvd
  • LADOT Leimert Park/Slauson - Down King Boulevard via Crenshaw Blvd

3. Transit expansion

Crenshaw/LAX Line

The Crenshaw/LAX Line is currently under construction. It will transport passengers from the existing Expo/Crenshaw station to the planned Aviation/96th Street station and Metro Green Line stations. It is projected to be completed in mid 2020.


4. Notable landmarks

  • Crenshaw High School
  • Destination Crenshaw, 1.3-mile-long 2.1 km open-air museum of African American history and culture
  • Los Angeles Sentinel
  • 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.
  • The Holiday Bowl was a bowling alley and cafe 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.
  • Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza
  • SpaceX Headquarters
  • Park Preparatory Accelerated High, LAUSD charter, 5701 South Crenshaw Boulevard Crenshaw Arts - Technology Charter High, LAUSD, 4120 11th Avenue Whitney
  • Artesia Boulevard 1958 Gramercy Place 1959 Van Ness Avenue 1960 Crenshaw Boulevard 1960 Cherry Avenue 1960 West Redondo Beach Boulevard 1960
  • Between at the junction with Crenshaw Boulevard the Dominguez Channel storm drain crosses underneath. Between Crenshaw Boulevard and Prairie Avenue the Hawthorne
  • Street and Santa Fe Avenue to 48th Street and Crenshaw Boulevard by way of 3rd Street, Broadway, Pico Boulevard Grand Avenue, Santa Barbara Avenue, Hoover
  • new Crenshaw LAX Line, and the existing Green Line. It will be an elevated light rail station at the intersection of Aviation and Century Boulevards scheduled
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  • the finest drives in the country. Today the boulevard begins at Venice Boulevard between Crenshaw Boulevard and La Brea Avenue and travels in a northwesterly

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