Crenshaw Boulevard

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Crenshaw Boulevard is a principal east thoroughfare street in Los Angeles, California that runs through, and outside, Crenshaw, Los Angeles, California.[1]


The street starts at Wilshire Boulevard in Hancock Park and runs through several demographically diverse areas to end in Rolling Hills. Tracks for the No. 5 Los Angeles Railway "yellow" streetcars[2] in the 1920s through 1950s ran in the median between Leimert Boulevard[3] 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 improved and the street reconfigured. Many local residents were disappointed to see 71 mature trees chopped down to make way for the Space Shuttle Endeavour to be moved from LAX to the California Science Center.


Additional trees were removed for the under construction Crenshaw/LAX Line, but various officials have promised an aesthetically cohesive new revitilized boulevard with more trees being planted than were removed.[4]

The street was named in 1904 for banker and Los Angeles real estate developer George Lafayette Crenshaw who also developed Lafayette Square.[5]



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 Green Line serves the Crenshaw station on Crenshaw Boulevard underneath Interstate 105, while the Metro Expo 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 for four Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus lines:

  • Metro Local Line 40 - South Bay Galleria - Patsaouras Transit Plaza via Hawthorne Boulevard and Martin Luther King Boulevard
  • Metro Local Line 210 - South Bay Galleria - Hollywood/Vine Red Line Station via Crenshaw Boulevard, Rossmore Avenue, and Vine Street
  • Metro Rapid Line 710 - South Bay Galleria - Western Purple Line Station via Redondo Beach Boulevard and Crenshaw Boulevard
  • Metro Rapid Line 740 - South Bay Galleria - Crenshaw Expo Line Station

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


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

Transit expansion[edit]

The Crenshaw/LAX Line is currently under construction. It will transport passengers from the existing Expo/Crenshaw station to LAX and Metro Green line stations.[6] It is projected to be completed in early 2019.[citation needed]

Notable Landmarks[edit]


External links[edit]

Route map: Bing / Google

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