By Bianca Barragan, Curbed
The first renderings were released today for a 1.3-mile-long “outdoor art and culture experience celebrating Black Los Angeles” called Destination Crenshaw.
Designed by Perkins + Will, the project would run along Crenshaw Boulevard between 48th and 60th streets, and feature permanent and rotating works of public art as well as streetscape upgrades with landscape design by Studio-MLA.
Destination Crenshaw was conceived as a response to Metro’s decision to put a section of the Crenshaw/LAX Line along Crenshaw Boulevard at ground level instead of underground.
Having a street-level train run right though a major artery’s business district concerned many community members, who feared years-long construction above ground would have harm businesses along the corridor.
Many saw the money-saving decision to put the train at-grade along this portion of Crenshaw as yet another instance of their community receiving the bare minimum. Metro was sued over the project.
“This is unheard of in the city,” Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson, who is leading Destination Crenshaw, told the Los Angeles Sentinel in March. “But we’re doing what our community has always done: We’re turning insult into opportunity.”
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