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The year of 2012 witnessed new developments, business and revivals in the Crenshaw District. The arrival of the Metro Line, the renovations to the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza and reinvigoration of Marlton Square, were some of the welcomed changes in 2012.
Photo by Troy Tieuel
Metro has brought numerous jobs, opportunities and transport to the Crenshaw District in 2012
The Metro has been a visible force with the Expo Line and coming Crenshaw/LAX line. The opening of the Expo Line in April has generated nearly 14,000 jobs running from Downtown L.A. to Culver City. The coming Crenshaw/LAX line will also generate many jobs throughout the Crenshaw District. The Crenshaw Line will feature stops at Crenshaw/Exposition, Crenshaw/Martin Luther King, (Crenshaw/Vernon [Leimert Park] Pending), Florence/West, Florence/La Brea and Aviation/Century.
Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza has once again become the hub of the Crenshaw District with the renovation of the shopping center and new business
The Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza has truly undergone a face-lift inside and out. Kenneth Lombard and Capri Urban Investors completely revamped the food court, added the Macy’s Bridge, complete with a view of Crenshaw Blvd and has become a welcomed hotspot for parties, free community events and more. The addition of the Rave Theaters, an expanded Forever 21 and additional renovations to Wal-Mart has lent to shopping center’s popularity. New businesses such as Buffalo Wild Wings, and Post & Beam have brought jobs and gathering spots for the community.
Photo By Brian W. Carter
Marlton Square got back on track in 2012 and will soon become a bustling center for many in the community.
The once defunct Marlton Square, which spent years in developmental hell, gained new life this year. Thanks to Councilmember Bernard Parks and community partners, businesses and organizations, Marlton Square’s revival was truly realized. In addition the large area with the recently-built senior citizens complex, Kaiser Permanente Medical Facility will soon call Marlton Square home. It will also offer other businesses that will not only enhance the aesthetic flavor of the area but also add financial value to the real estate there and in the surrounding areas. Soon, children will be able to play in a clean and environment-friendly atmosphere, and families can shop and socialize in a safe and secure environment.