Can a Light Rail Stop Revive the Last African American Business Corridor in L.A.?

After years of discussions, arguments, and pleas, residents of the Leimert Park neighborhood in South Los Angeles won their battle for the creation of a local stop along a new light rail line soon to start construction.
May 24, 2013, 11am PDT | Jonathan Nettler | @nettsj
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"After years spent fighting for a light-rail station in Leimert Park, South Los Angeles community members got their wish Thursday with the approval of full funding for a stop in the heart of L.A.'s African American community," reports Laura J. Nelson. "To cheering and applause from dozens of supporters, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority approved $80 million for an underground station in Leimert Park Village along the planned north-south route of the Crenshaw Line."

L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who sponsored the motion that was approved this week, "said the light-rail station, at the intersection of Vernon Avenue and Crenshaw Boulevard, would encourage foot traffic and tourism in the area, which took a hit during the recession."

"'This is a village with a national presence,' Ridley-Thomas said, adding that the area had wide economic and cultural influence. 'This will be a huge shot in the arm.'"

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Published on Thursday, May 23, 2013 in Los Angeles Times
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