Destination Crenshaw: 1.3 miles of “unapologetically black” art

By Frances Anderton, KCRW

When Metro announced that a 1.3 mile section of the Crenshaw/LAX light-rail line, currently under construction, was planned to go through Crenshaw’s main thoroughfare, Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson was unhappy at first. But then he saw it as a cultural opportunity.

“Los Angeles has one of the last intact African-American communities anywhere west of Chicago, and the community’s made incredible contributions to the rest of the country and the rest of the world. The holiday of Kwanzaa, created right here in Los Angeles along the Crenshaw corridor. Soul Train, the longest running television show and the show that really defined culture and cool for several generations, right here out of the city of Los Angeles. And so many other inventions, contributions and movements come out of this city,” Harris-Dawson said.

So now artists, curators, architects and landscape designers are busy developing plans for Destination Crenshaw, a 1.3 mile public art spectacle that will include a new public amphitheater with a raised overlook; pocket parks and parklets, hundreds of new trees and rotating works of public art by key African American artists.

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