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