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May 23, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Thursday approved $80 million for an underground train station in Leimert Park Village along the Crenshaw Line, ending two years of uncertainty over the station's future. The motion, sponsored by L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, ensures contractors will have funding for the station in historic Leimert Park, a hub of African American business and culture in South Los Angeles. "The fate of the Leimert Park Village station on the Crenshaw/LAX line has - up until today - been uncertain,” said Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who also serves on the Metro board.
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January 28, 2014
Re "Metro shelves direct rail to LAX," Jan. 24 How can we think ourselves a first-rate city when we do not have the will to build a light-rail system directly to our airport? We failed with the Green Line. Are we to fail again with the Crenshaw Line? Looking at the proposed route, it seems obvious that routing the line at some point to the west side of the existing railway line would allow a straight path to the airport along Century Boulevard's center divider. Michele Wynne Los Angeles Colorado, with a population less than L.A. County, will soon have a direct rail line more than 22 miles long between Denver International Airport and that city's downtown.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson
South Los Angeles residents gathered Friday to celebrate a future that many thought would never happen. At a park in tree-lined Leimert Park Village, dozens of community members cheered their victory: approval for a light-rail station on the Crenshaw Line that in five years will connect the historic neighborhood with an ever-expanding network of rail lines across Los Angeles. "You united, you organized, you demanded, and the voice of government heard you," Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson told the crowd to thunderous cheers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 2014 | By Laura J. Nelson
Los Angeles County transportation officials on Thursday sent a strong signal that a direct light-rail link to Los Angeles International Airport may be too risky and costly to pursue, a blow to a regional planning goal long-sought by many transit users and political and civic leaders.  Members of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority board cited the high price tag and construction obstacles to building a tunnel and one or...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson
The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved $40 million for an underground Crenshaw Line station in Leimert Park, which for years has been a source of friction between officials and the community. Councilmember Bernard C. Parks, whose district includes Leimert Park, introduced a motion to allocate $40 million for an underground station in Leimert Park Village and $15 million for a stop in Westchester. "This is a beautiful moment for us to set a historic step in the right direction to have those two stops," Councilmember Bill Rosendahl said just before the vote.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 2013 | By Kurt Streeter
For Andre Hollins, finding good work, the kind of job that can support his young family, is a tenuous proposition. "It's like digging yourself out of a grave," says the 29-year-old African American, who hopes to make a career in construction. "It just feels like people who do the hiring look at me and where I've been in life and there's a lot for me to overcome. " Which is why Hollins found himself on Saturday at a rally for would-be construction workers in Leimert Park. Dubbed the Ready to Work Rally, the event focused on new jobs expected to come with construction of the $2-billion rail line along economically troubled Crenshaw Boulevard, expected to break ground next year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 2011 | By Ari Bloomekatz, Los Angeles Times
Leimert Park Village has long been a soul of African American life and culture in South Los Angeles. Jazz and blues regularly spill into the street, and shoppers browse the titles at one of the last remaining black-centric bookstores. Community activists meet in Leimert Park Village and residents sometimes hold memorial vigils there. But to dismay of some in South L.A., a new light rail line set to run through the heart of L.A.'s black community does not include a stop at the historic district.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson
Wrapping up a Los Angeles vacation and an hourlong, two-train trek from downtown, Benjamin Levert and his slightly harried wife and daughters just wanted to check in for their flight back to France. Exiting the Metro Green Line at the Aviation/LAX station, they towed their four suitcases down a long escalator. To a parking lot. "Where is the terminal?" Levert asked his wife in French, looking around and raising his voice over the whoosh of overhead traffic on the 105 Freeway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 2012 | By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
The four candidates for mayor sat in the pews at a historic black church in South Los Angeles on Saturday morning, their heads bowed in prayer. They had come to Brookins Community AME Church to debate a range of issues - from how to shrink the area's high unemployment rate to whether the new Crenshaw Line should be partially below ground. At stake was a slice of the city's significant African American electorate, which in local elections typically makes up about 13% of the vote. After the Rev. C. Dennis Williams finished his invocation, the candidates introduced themselves to the audience, each stressing their connections to the community.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 2, 2013 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
Los Angeles, more than most cities, has defined itself by continual bursts of expansion and an unflagging optimism about its place in the world. But as the city has grown to a population nearing 4 million, we've neglected some major holes in the civic fabric. Los Angeles has become as well known for its high-profile architectural and urban-planning failures - for the buildings, institutions and public spaces we can't seem to get right - as for its innovations or breakthroughs. This is particularly true for our civic architecture, which has never matched the ambition and allure of the region's private houses and high-end commercial enclaves.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 2014 | By Laura J. Nelson
A decades-long effort to bring rail service directly to Los Angeles International Airport suffered a blow Thursday when transportation officials placed on the back burner a proposal for a light-rail tunnel under the terminal area, citing high costs and other risks. Metro will now primarily focus on routes that would leave the north-south Crenshaw/LAX Line as much as 1.5 miles east of the airport and rely on a circulator train to take passengers to their terminals. Barring a significant change, L.A. would soon have two light-rail routes that come near LAX but do not deliver passengers to their terminals, a problem that has puzzled and frustrated many civic leaders and transit users.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 2014 | Laura J. Nelson
The crunch of a bulldozer biting into a Crenshaw Boulevard school signaled the start of heavy construction Tuesday on the latest addition to Los Angeles' steadily expanding rail network, a light-rail line that will connect the Mid-City area to the South Bay by the end of the decade. The 8.5-mile Crenshaw/LAX Line will be the first new rail service in a generation to traverse transit-dependent South Los Angeles, increasing connections to a train system that now reaches to Long Beach, the Westside, the San Fernando Valley and the San Gabriel Valley.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 2014 | By Laura J. Nelson
Officials celebrated the groundbreaking Tuesday for the $2.06-billion north-south Crenshaw Line that will connect the Mid-City Expo Line with the South Bay's Green Line.  "This is a day that Angelenos deserve, a great day for L.A., a day to move America forward," Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said. The Department of Transportation also announced Tuesday that the project would receive a $545.9-million loan. The project also is expected to receive about $130 million in other federal transportation funds, according to a statement.  LIVE CHAT: Discuss $2-billion Crenshaw line at 9 a.m. Wednesday "This is a partnership -- a local, state and federal partnership," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 2014 | By Laura J. Nelson
Building a train to Los Angeles International Airport without considering options that will bring light-rail into the terminal area is "short-sighted and wrong," Rep. Janice Hahn (D-San Pedro) said Thursday. "For Los Angeles to be a first-class city, we need a first-class airport," Hahn said in a prepared statement. "Part of having a first-class airport ... includes giving commuters the opportunity to travel to LAX directly inside its terminals. " Hahn's comments came a day after Los Angeles County transportation officials recommended against building light-rail stations  in LAX's terminal area, saying that  tunneling under the nation's third-busiest airport would be too expensive and dangerous.  At a Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority committee meeting Thursday, county Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas and Don Knabe introduced a motion that would mandate further study for two alternatives that would bring light-rail directly to the U-shaped terminal area.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 2014 | By Laura J. Nelson
Citing the high cost and risk of tunneling under Los Angeles International Airport, county transportation officials said Wednesday that it did not make sense to build a light-rail line directly under the airport's terminal area. Their recommendation to discard four possible LAX alternatives, although preliminary, could permanently change a decades-long discussion on how to connect light rail to the nation's third-busiest airport. Three of the alternatives would require tunneling under terminals and runways.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson
The London Underground logo is instantly recognizable. So are the entrances to the New York City subway. But in Los Angeles? "It's all over the map," said Martha Welborne, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's executive director for countywide planning. "People rarely know what a station will look like. " The system's 80 train stops play host to more than one thousand design variations, from architectural differences to a range of trash cans and paint colors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 2014 | By Laura J. Nelson
Officials celebrated the groundbreaking Tuesday for the $2.06-billion north-south Crenshaw Line that will connect the Mid-City Expo Line with the South Bay's Green Line.  "This is a day that Angelenos deserve, a great day for L.A., a day to move America forward," Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said. The Department of Transportation also announced Tuesday that the project would receive a $545.9-million loan. The project also is expected to receive about $130 million in other federal transportation funds, according to a statement.  LIVE CHAT: Discuss $2-billion Crenshaw line at 9 a.m. Wednesday "This is a partnership -- a local, state and federal partnership," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 2014 | By Laura J. Nelson
A decades-long effort to bring rail service directly to Los Angeles International Airport suffered a blow Thursday when transportation officials placed on the back burner a proposal for a light-rail tunnel under the terminal area, citing high costs and other risks. Metro will now primarily focus on routes that would leave the north-south Crenshaw/LAX Line as much as 1.5 miles east of the airport and rely on a circulator train to take passengers to their terminals. Barring a significant change, L.A. would soon have two light-rail routes that come near LAX but do not deliver passengers to their terminals, a problem that has puzzled and frustrated many civic leaders and transit users.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 2013 | By Kurt Streeter
For Andre Hollins, finding good work, the kind of job that can support his young family, is a tenuous proposition. "It's like digging yourself out of a grave," says the 29-year-old African American, who hopes to make a career in construction. "It just feels like people who do the hiring look at me and where I've been in life and there's a lot for me to overcome. " Which is why Hollins found himself on Saturday at a rally for would-be construction workers in Leimert Park. Dubbed the Ready to Work Rally, the event focused on new jobs expected to come with construction of the $2-billion rail line along economically troubled Crenshaw Boulevard, expected to break ground next year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 2013
Join Times transportation reporter Laura J. Nelson at 9 a.m. Wednesday for an online discussion about the Crenshaw Line and officials' latest attempts to get a train connection to Los Angeles International Airport. In Nelson's latest piece , she writes: "Now, a generation after the Green Line earned the nickname 'the train to nowhere,' planners in the midst of a multibillion-dollar rail boom are preparing to break ground on a second  LAX -adjacent train that is facing similar issues - and offering a new opportunity to complete a key missing link in the region's sprawling 87.7-mile commuter rail network.
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