Developed in the 1920s, Leimert Park is the center of historical and contemporary African American art, music and culture. One of the first planned communities in Southern California, Leimert Park was considered a model of urban planning. Known for its African-American artists, galleries, creativity and cuisine, participants will visit this culturally rich neighborhood as it begins its next chapter as part of Los Angeles’ transportation revolution. In addition to visiting neighborhood landmarks including the Vision Theater, Leimert Park Plaza and Leimert Park Village, participants will visit the Leimert Park underground station on LA Metro’s new Crenshaw/LAX light rail line. Afterward, participants will visit the Park Mesa neighborhood and the new Hyde Park Station. Park Mesa is the planned location of Destination Crenshaw, a proposed “linear museum” celebrating LA’s black culture and history. In all, participants will see how transportation policy, culture, history and activism come together to shape communities.
Jawon Walker, Outreach Coordinator, JKH Consulting
ADDITIONAL WALKSHOP SPEAKERS:
Anthony Crump, LA County Metro
Karen Mack, LA Commons
Kristen Gordon, Council District 8
Larry Earl Jr., Destination Crenshaw