At a ceremony of February 29, officials broke ground on Destination Crenshaw, an ambitious open space and public art project celebrating African-American culture.
Improvisation, located at Slauson Avenue, will include three-dimensional art elements and a new Crenshaw monument to mark the southern boundary of the project area.
First, located at 54th Street, will include two new pocket parks and a new satellite office for the Los Angeles City Council's 8th District.
Dreams, located at 50th Street, will center on the iconic Crenshaw Wall, adding a new parklet above the public art display and a pocket park on the opposite site of the street.
Togetherness, the northern boundary marker at Crenshaw Boulevard and Leimert Park, will include a pocket park, an observation area, and a public art display.
The completed project will include 11 parks, a public amphitheater, and new street trees.
Completion is expected in late Fall 2020.
Planning for Destination Crenshaw began after the controversial decision to place the Crenshaw/LAX Line at-grade along a long section of Crenshaw Boulevard as a cost-saving measure. The project has been billed as a way to turn "insult into opportunity."
Los Angeles City Councilmember Herb Wesson, who is currently campaigning for a seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, has recently proposed a northern extension of Destination Crenshaw to Obama Boulevard.
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