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.[1]

Crenshaw Boulevard
Former name(s)Angeles Mesa Drive
NamesakeGeorge L. Crenshaw
Length23.46 mi (37.76 km)
LocationLos Angeles, Inglewood, Hawthorne, Torrance, Rancho Palos Verdes California, U.S.
Nearest metro station
North endWilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles
South endCrest Drive in Rancho Palos Verdes

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".[2][3]


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.[4][5]

In the early 1900s there were tracks for the 5 Line streetcar line[6] in the 1920s through 1950s ran down the median between Leimert Boulevard[7] 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.

Revitalization projectEdit

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.[8][9]

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.[10] The project will also feature bike lanes, wider sidewalks, new Metro bus stops, street furniture with LED traffic lights and street lights.[11][8]


Metro LocalEdit

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:

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


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

Transit expansionEdit

Crenshaw/LAX LineEdit

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.[12] It is projected to be completed in mid 2020.

Notable landmarksEdit


  1. ^ Christopher Hawthorne, "Crenshaw Boulevard comes to a crossroads", Los Angeles Times, September 15, 2012.
  2. ^ Robinson-Jacobs, Karen (May 2, 2001). "Noticing a Latin Flavor in Crenshaw". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 21, 2016.
  3. ^ Meares, Hadley (2019-05-17). "How Crenshaw became black LA's main street". Curbed LA. Retrieved 2019-05-18.
  4. ^ Parra, Alvaro "Crenshaw Boulevard: Cruising Through the Decades" KCET, October 23, 2014
  5. ^ "sidewalk at West 54th Street and Angeles Mesa Drive [Crenshaw boulevard]". Retrieved 2017-06-19.
  6. ^ Los Angeles Railway in Brief - Map of Streetcar Routes
  7. ^ "5 Line". Archived from the original on 2007-01-03. Retrieved 2013-09-05.
  8. ^ a b Jennings, Angel "Tree removal along Crenshaw has residents stumped" Los Angeles Times, March 30, 2014
  9. ^ Zahniser, David (May 9, 2019). "South L.A. was promised a Target. Millions of dollars later, it has a vacant lot". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2019-05-11.
  10. ^ "Crenshaw Corridor Specific Plan" (PDF). City of Los Angeles. April 19, 2017. Archived (PDF) from the original on May 5, 2019. Retrieved May 4, 2019.
  11. ^ "Crenshaw Boulevard Streetscape Plan" (PDF). Retrieved 2017-06-05.
  12. ^ "Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor (project website)". Metro (LACMTA). June 27, 2013. Retrieved 2013-09-11.
  13. ^ Cosgrove, Jaclyn (April 9, 2019). "Crenshaw and Slauson intersection to be named in honor of Nipsey Hussle". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2019-04-10.
  14. ^ "Game Over For Holiday Bowl?". November 21, 2008. Archived from the original on November 21, 2008. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  15. ^ "Monument Search Results Page". Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  16. ^ "SpaceX erects historic 16-story-tall rocket booster outside its Hawthorne headquarters". daily Retrieved 2017-06-08.

External linksEdit

Route map:

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