THE BIRTH OF OUR VISION

Destination Crenshaw is the Black LA’s creative, collaborative, community-led response to an injustice. When it was decided, against the community’s will, that the planned Crenshaw/LAX train would slice through the heart of Black LA’s main thoroughfare, traveling at street level instead of underground, long-time residents and business owners were incredulous. Incredulous and aware of the very real potential for the neighborhood’s vibrant Black culture to be uprooted in the train’s wake – along with 300 business parking spaces and 400 trees that had been removed to make way for the Crenshaw/LAX line. If something were not done, the train that would bring tourists from LAX into the City, might also trigger the cultural erasure of Los Angeles’ Black community.

BUT BLACK LOS ANGELES HAD A PLAN

Destination Crenshaw is the Black LA’s creative, collaborative, community-led response to an injustice. When it was decided, against the community’s will, that the planned Crenshaw/LAX train would slice through the heart of Black LA’s main thoroughfare, traveling at street level instead of underground, long-time residents and business owners were incredulous. Incredulous and aware of the very real potential for the neighborhood’s vibrant Black culture to be uprooted in the train’s wake – along with 300 business parking spaces and 400 trees that had been removed to make way for the Crenshaw/LAX line. If something were not done, the train that would bring tourists from LAX into the City, might also trigger the cultural erasure of Los Angeles’ Black community.

TODAY

Destination Crenshaw’s purpose is to power an economic and cultural revitalization of the Crenshaw corridor. We are doing this in three ways:

Providing meaningful support for Black-owned businesses on the boulevard, and ensuring that 70% of construction workers building the project live in our community.

PROVIDING REPARATIVE DEVELOPMENT SOLUTIONS for the Crenshaw community as a bulwark for gentrification through community-led architectural design and the creation of new community spaces and urban canopy.

BEING AN ECONOMIC ENGINE FOR BLACK ARTISTS AND THE CREATIVE ECONOMY.
By the time our project is complete, Destination Crenshaw will be the largest Black largest project in the U.S. and will have commissioned works of art from 100 young, emerging, mid-career and established artists.

STAYING PUT

Sankofa Park, designed to become one of our community’s most utilized gathering places will be the flagship of 10 beautifully designed community spaces, little jewels, meant to provide an intimate setting for shade, seats to rest on and art to inspire.

These are the social spaces essential to the fabric of a healthy community. Each will be distinguished by the architectural symbol of Destination Crenshaw, a soaring, modern representation of the African Giant Star Grass. In the pits of slave ships, enslaved Africans utilized this plant as bedding on ships that carried them across the Atlantic.

That bedding took root here – here and everywhere the ancestors landed. The symbol, created by pioneering architects at Perkins + Will, is a powerful, visual testament to our resilience, resistance to removal and the ability to thrive where we are planted.