Historically rich, steeped in culture, and an up-and-coming hub in South Los Angeles
Widely known as home to the beloved entrepreneur, rapper and West Coast icon - the late Nipsey Hussle - the Crenshaw District is a historically rich neighborhood that has established itself as an axis of culture, politics, and the arts, specifically in the Los Angeles African American community. Its central location, equidistant from the Westside, Downtown, and Hollywood, makes it a crossroads for the Los Angeles scene. Many Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments can be found in Crenshaw such as Village Green, one of the oldest planned communities in the country.
John Singleton's 1991 film Boyz n the Hood is a story set in Crenshaw and “South Central” which is now called South Los Angeles; the film received Oscar nominations for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay at the 64th Academy Awards. The novel Southland, by Nina Revoyr, is also set in the Crenshaw neighborhood.
Currently under construction is The K Line, known as the Crenshaw/LAX Line during planning and construction which is an 8.5-mile rail line that will add eight new stations serving the Crenshaw neighborhood, Leimert Park, Inglewood, Westchester, and surrounding areas operating north to south on Crenshaw Blvd. This exciting transportation update will bring fantastic real estate opportunities to the area and make getting around the large city much more manageable for Crenshaw residents.
Crenshaw has no shortage of great eateries:
The main attraction for shopping would be the large Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw Shopping Mall which is also home to Post & Beam, a California-style restaurant with a touch of southern soul. You can find all the retailers you need here and get some retail therapy done as well.
Another shopping spot is the Slauson Super Mall which holds hundreds of indoor vendors selling a wide range of goods. This is the home of the city’s Swap-Meet.
And in nearby Baldwin Hills, residents love going to the Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, which has a Japanese garden, playgrounds, sports fields and courts, and a lake stocked with catfish and trout. There is also the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook for some great hikes and panoramic views of Los Angeles.
Public schools are operated by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and include:
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