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Iconic Soul Food Restaurant Dulan’s on Crenshaw Reopens After a Two-Year Renovation

InIn November 2023, Greg Dulan walked through the nearly completed renovation of Dulan’s on Crenshaw. Though the restaurant first opened in 1992, Dulan spent the last two years funding, designing, and reconstructing his flagship soul food restaurant in South LA, which also serves as a cornerstone community hub. During the redesign, Dulan obsessed over the details. He custom-ordered the main dining room’s neon “Dulan’s” si...

InIn November 2023, Greg Dulan walked through the nearly completed renovation of Dulan’s on Crenshaw. Though the restaurant first opened in 1992, Dulan spent the last two years funding, designing, and reconstructing his flagship soul food restaurant in South LA, which also serves as a cornerstone community hub. During the redesign, Dulan obsessed over the details. He custom-ordered the main dining room’s neon “Dulan’s” sign, positioned the huge, newly framed photo of his grandparents on the wall, and made multiple phone calls to ensure the imported chairs from Spain were just right.

“The chairs are comfortable, aren’t they?” he says. “I told the manufacturer, don’t send me any skinny people chairs like I had before. People of all sizes need to be comfortable.”

Los Angeles knows Dulan’s on Crenshaw. As owner of one of LA’s oldest soul food spots, Dulan was nominated by the James Beard Foundation for Outstanding Restaurateur in 2023. Well before it temporarily closed in August 2021, tour buses filled with visitors from Japan, China, and other U.S. states used to pull up in front of the Crenshaw Boulevard restaurant for a meal before heading to their next destination. The Hyde Park/Baldwin Hills-adjacent neighborhood is also in the midst of change with ongoing gentrification, the soon-to-open Destination Crenshaw, and two walkable K Line Metro stations nearby.

The restaurant’s revamp began in 2018. Dulan tells Eater LA he was offered a million-dollar facade improvement grant by Los Angeles city councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson’s office. “It didn’t make sense to me to dress up the front and not redo the inside,” says Dulan. “Having a beautiful frontage and no infrastructure to handle more volume made me realize that I needed to upgrade the whole space.”

As a longstanding restaurant owner in rapidly changing Hyde Park, Dulan has witnessed gentrification and new investment in the area. “With the construction of the K-Line and other developments, I knew what was coming: new restaurants. I knew that I needed to upgrade to keep up with the Joneses and be fresh,” he says.

Dulan’s on Crenshaw now has a new foundation, walls, exterior, HVAC, plumbing, exhaust, and more. Dulan’s on Crenshaw is a restaurant reopening for an area that is starkly missing diverse dining options for the community it serves. The closest sit-down restaurant is a mile away at Post & Beam, which will soon close when Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza begins construction.

Gone is the signature counter serving area where customers watched their to-go containers get piled high with oxtails, mac and cheese, fried fish, candied yams, fried chicken, baked chicken, and cornbread muffins. The hot prepared foods area is stationed to the rear of the cashier and then brought out to customers to eat in the sizable dining room, or on one of the two outdoor patios. There are 50 seats on the front patio, 50 in the main dining room, and 80 on the rear patio. Still under construction, the rear patio will be used for additional seating or for special events. Dulan’s also has an ABC license, so mimosas are coming shortly, along with a gospel brunch. Desserts still include sweet potato pies, cobblers, and rotating cake flavors.

A separate takeout area is located on the Westmount Avenue side, intended to serve those on the go and third-party delivery drivers. Dulan designed what he describes as his “dream restaurant” — including a separate to-go kitchen.

Awards from the City of Los Angeles line one wall, while photos showing the Dulan family history will continue to go up over the coming weeks. This family has five decades in the LA restaurant community with Greg’s father Adolf Dulan operating the shuttered Hamburger City. Greg’s stepmother Mary Dulan operated Aunt Kizzy’s Back Porch in Marina del Rey for 37 years. Aunt Kizzy’s closed after Mary retired in 2016.

When asked what his father, who died in 2017, would say about the renovation, Dulan immediately laughs. “‘Boy, you spent too much money,’” he says.

The locations on Manchester and Century are operated by Greg’s brother Terry Dulan, who supported all operations going during this transition. Dulan hired people from the surrounding neighborhood who were tired of commuting to external areas like Culver City or Marina del Rey. Many tell him they appreciate being able to walk to work. Dulan also owns three adjacent buildings, one of which will be a self-parking lot with space for valet service.

“To have a business in the neighborhood where I grew up is a blessing,” says Dulan. “A lot of people, including myself at times, didn’t think I would ever reopen. But by God’s grace, I will. This restaurant will be here long after I’m gone.”

Though open, Dulan’s on Crenshaw’s official opening date is Friday, January 12. Dulan’s on Crenshaw hours are Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday and Saturday until 9 p.m. To-go window will eventually be open one hour after the restaurant closes.

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The Best Dispensaries In Crenshaw, CA

Crenshaw neighbourhood boasts several parks and green spaces, providing recreational opportunities and a respite from city life.Crenshaw, located in Los Angeles, California, is a neighbourhood known for its rich cultural diversity and historical value. In recent years, it has also become notable in the cannabis industry.Crenshaw has seen the establishment of several cannabis dispensaries. One example is Gorilla Rx, a black-woman-owned dispensary founded by the dynamic mother-daughter duo Kika Keith and Kika Howze. Gorilla Rx, o...

Crenshaw neighbourhood boasts several parks and green spaces, providing recreational opportunities and a respite from city life.

Crenshaw, located in Los Angeles, California, is a neighbourhood known for its rich cultural diversity and historical value. In recent years, it has also become notable in the cannabis industry.

Crenshaw has seen the establishment of several cannabis dispensaries. One example is Gorilla Rx, a black-woman-owned dispensary founded by the dynamic mother-daughter duo Kika Keith and Kika Howze. Gorilla Rx, opened in 2021, represents a significant milestone in the cannabis industry’s journey towards equity and inclusion.

With dispensaries like Gorilla Rx and a commitment to supporting marginalized communities, Crenshaw is a notable hub in the ever-evolving landscape of cannabis in California.

Gorilla Rx Wellness Co.

Gorilla Rx is a pioneering, black-woman-owned dispensary in South Central Los Angeles, founded by Kika Keith and Kika Howze, known as “The Kikas.” Their mission is to promote equity and community education in the cannabis industry. The dispensary, which opened in 2021, is located in the heart of the Crenshaw District and stands out with its vibrant decor and commitment to promoting black-owned cannabis products. They are also featured in many articles about cannabis.

The shop’s design is colorful and gives good vibes to those who purchase there. With high-quality products, excellent customer service, and deals that will make you come back. They also have an ATM on site. Suppose you support black-owned, woman-led, and equity shops. Hurry up and visit!

Service offered: In-store shopping, In-store pick up.

Address: 4233 S Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90008, United States

Store Hours: 8:00am – 10:00pm Monday– Sunday.

Store number: +1 323-903-6755

Torrance Green Room Cannabis

Torrance Greens Cannabis Dispensary, located in Torrance, CA, aims to be a comprehensive cannabis provider, offering a diverse range of marijuana products and accessories. They carry notable brands like Barewoods, Stiiizy, Rove, and Stiizy vaporizers, emphasizing their commitment to legal and responsible cannabis provision in Torrance, California. Customers can contact them via phone or email for orders.

The dispensary’s goals include promoting medical marijuana legalization, assisting patients in finding suitable treatments, and fostering a community platform for patients to share their experiences and needs with the public.

Service offered: In-store shopping, In-store pick up. Delivery.

Address: 16300 Crenshaw Blvd #103, Torrance, CA 90504, United States

Store Hours: 8:00am – 12:00am Monday– Sunday.

Store number: +1 424-703-7085

South Bay Greens Cannabis

With over 2,500 Google reviews with a rating of 4.9 over 5.0, it is one of the best dispensaries in town. Promoting the premium products, you can get through online or in-store purchases. The staff are knowledgeable in what they are doing and saying, so all the inquiries that you have will indeed be answered.

They have a lot of products to choose from, so if you are the person who wants to try different stuff every time, they can cater to you here for sure. They also have a lot of deals and discounts when you visit South Bay Greens!

Service offered: In-store shopping, Curbside pick up.

Address: 1104 Crenshaw Blvd #200, Torrance, CA 90501, United States

Store Hours: 8:00am – 12:00am Monday– Sunday.

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The Cure Company Crenshaw

The Cure Company has a lot of deals to offer you; first, if you live in a local community, you get 5% off every time you come; second, for all seniors, you get 10% off every time you come; and first, visitors get 20% off. Their flagship store is in Crenshaw so check this one out, for sure the menu here is fire. If you are looking for high quality stuff, visit the shop!

The customer service is great, customer reviews prove how passionate people working in this shop, answering all the questions you have related to cannbis with effort. They treat customers as family, which is why stoners love to go back here occasionally.

Service offered: In-store shopping, In-store pick up.

Address: 7872 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90043, United States

Store Hours: 9:00am – 9:00pm Monday-Saturday 10:00am – 8:00pm Sunday.

Store number: +1 323-920-7558

IIIa Canna

Illa Canna is a fabulous shop in the city, with wall paint art outside their store. As soon as you enter the door, you will be welcomed by a friendly staff. The spacious store will make your shopping experience more comfortable, and products are well arranged to help you find products faster.

For first-time customers, they offer 15% off and for veterans, 10% off for the early birds from 8 am to 10 am. They also support the road to a sustainable planet by giving a dollar off for every 1/8 jar returned (max of 3 per visit). Supporting the community, if you donate two food items, you get $2 off the purchase. They spread positive vibes through these kinds of promotions.

Service offered: In-store shopping, Curbside pick up.

Address: 4324 W Jefferson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016, United States

Store Hours: 8:00am – 9:45pm Monday-Saturday 10:00am – 8:00pm Sunday.

Store number: +1 213-800-9733

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Spot Check: Smoked Carnitas On Crenshaw, Fresh Corn Tortillas In Mar Vista, and Plant-Based West African On Melrose

FoodQuiadaiyn, Mar Vista's acclaimed Oaxacan restaurant, is now in the tortilla game, making fresh tortillas in its own production facility, nixtamalized daily from 100% maize, and sold under the name Maria's Tortillas.By Hadley TomickiSpot Check! Welcome to L.A. TACO's latest column, where we bring you the latest and most exciting openings, pop-ups, and f...

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Quiadaiyn, Mar Vista's acclaimed Oaxacan restaurant, is now in the tortilla game, making fresh tortillas in its own production facility, nixtamalized daily from 100% maize, and sold under the name Maria's Tortillas.

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Spot Check! Welcome to L.A. TACO's latest column, where we bring you the latest and most exciting openings, pop-ups, and food events around all of Los Angeles to check out.

Ubuntu opens August 1 on Melrose for plant-based cooking inspired by West African recipes. The restaurant comes from 2022 James Beard Award nominee Ravi DeRossi with Virginia-raised chef Shenarri “Greens” Freeman, of DeRossi's Cadence in New York. Dishes include palm bisque, curry jollof arancini, fonio grits with oyster mushrooms, charred okra salad with pigeon peas and passion fruit vinaigrette, and Lion's Mane pie with chile habanero. The beverage program is run by Colin Asare-Appiah, author of Black Mixcellence: A Comprehensive Guide To Black Mixology, and the wine list claims to feature the largest number of Black-owned vinters in L.A., including House of Brown and Kumusha.

7469 Melrose Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90046. Closest Metro line and stop: Bus Line 10 - “Melrose/Gardner.”

Rosemary and Thyme is now open in Mid-City from Lisa Rotondi, founder of Organic Kids L.A. The menu is packed with fresh sandwiches, mostly served on Black Forest baguettes and sourdough, like a house-made chorizo and mozzarella melt, the "Curson Italian" with aged prosciutto, salami, pesto, and burrata, and a sandwich with crispy Mary's chicken, jalapenos, pickles, and slaw on toasted brioche. There's also sourdough pizza and Straus soft serve ice cream.

5662 W. Pico Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90019. Closest Metro line and stop: Bus Line 217 - “Fairfax/Pico.”

Up 'N Smoke, the smoked carnitas and brisket concept from Tacos El Unico, now has a second location on Crenshaw in Hyde Park to sell its tacos, taquitos, and fries filled and/or topped with slow-cooked pork and beef.

6650 Crenshaw Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90043. Closest Metro lines and stop: Bus Lines 40 and 210 - “Crenshaw/67th” or Metro K Line - "Fairview Heights Station."

Quiadaiyn, Mar Vista's acclaimed Oaxacan restaurant, is now also in the tortilla game, making fresh tortillas in its own production facility, nixtamalized daily from 100% maize, and sold under the name Maria's Tortillas. You can buy them at the restaurant to start.

PZK BBQ opened late last fall in Koreatown, an all-you-can-eat experience with over 30 meat and vegetable options comprising two coursed menus, such as wine thick pork belly, "X-Girlfriend" marinated chuck flap, various bulgogis, baby octopus, and beef belly. Course A is $24.99, while the all-encompassing Course B is $29.99.

7311 Beverly Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90036. Closest Metro line and stop: Bus Line 14 - “Beverly/Poinsettia.”

Bar Nuda, the non-alcoholic, Mexican-inspired bar experience from Morris Ellis and Pablo Murillo, now has a Thursday night residency switching between both locations of De Buena Planta. Tonight's takeover will be held at De Buena Planta in Silver Lake, going from 6-10pm, followed by next week's takeover in Venice. The pop-up will switch locations each week through August 17, highlighting zero-proof spirits companies as Optimist, Three Spirit, Ritual Zero Proof, and All the Bitter, among others.ere.

For elegant, special occasion dining, The Georgian Room is now open at Santa Monica's historic Georgian Hotel, with an old Hollywood glamour paying tribute to past customers like Clark Gable, Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel, and Judy Garland. David Almany, who worked under Nancy Silverton for nearly ten years, is deftly captaining a menu inspired by Tuscan and classic U.S. steakhouses alike, with dishes like petrale sole with mussels escabeche, a letter perfect Tijuana-style Caesar salad, grilled Iberico pork chops and dry-aged New York steaks, and pastas like sweet corn capellacci with Maine lobster. Purveyors include Pat La Frieda and an exclusive caviar collaboration with Thomas Keller's Regiis Ova.

1415 Ocean Ave. Santa Monica, CA 90401. Closest Metro lines and stop: Bus Lines 4 and 33 - “Broadway/Ocean” or Metro E Line - "Downtown Santa Monica Station."

Landmark mural celebrating Black history will be updated in Destination Crenshaw project

By Astrid KayembeStaff WriterThe mural stands 10 feet tall and stretches more than 780-feet along Crenshaw Boulevard in the heart of South L.A. It features striking images of Frederick Douglas, Harriett Tubman, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and a host of other heroes of the Black community.“Our Mighty Contribution,” as the artwork is known, has stood as a powerful representation of Afri...

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The mural stands 10 feet tall and stretches more than 780-feet along Crenshaw Boulevard in the heart of South L.A. It features striking images of Frederick Douglas, Harriett Tubman, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and a host of other heroes of the Black community.

“Our Mighty Contribution,” as the artwork is known, has stood as a powerful representation of African American history and neighborhood pride since it was completed in 2002.

On Saturday, dozens of artists who participated in its creation over the years gathered at the site between 49th and 51st streets for an event called “Pull Up at the Wall” to celebrate both the history of the mural and plans to update the artwork — now faded and peeling — as part of the $100-million Destination Crenshaw project, a 1.3-mile cultural corridor and monument to Black L.A.

Destination Crenshaw is expected to be completed in 2024.

“I’m really happy that the wall is going to be preserved and updated,” said Mark Steven Greenfield, 72, who was one of the original mural artists. “I’m kind of excited about the idea of new artists coming in and doing things on it. Because our original vision was that the wall itself would evolve over time. It was kind of like this community billboard.”

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The wall was originally a canvas for local graffiti artists but was later adopted by a group of painters, known as Rocking the Nation Crew, who helped come up with the idea of highlighting Black history with Crenshaw as its backdrop.

Though the mural is still in the design stages, senior art and exhibitions advisor Joy Simmons said that its new iteration will feature celebrities from Black Hollywood and local icons like the late Mayor Tom Bradley. It will also features depiction of a future Black L.A.

The mural will be “a visual timeline, like a movie, so to speak” of Black life in Los Angeles, said RTN member Eric “Cre8” Walker. Construction of a viewing platform is slated to begin in a few weeks, and the artwork is expected to be completed by early fall.

The historically Black neighborhood has already begun to gentrify and with the impending arrival of the Metro Crenshaw/LAX Line, known as the K Line, Walker and Greenfield agreed that it is increasingly important to preserve as much of the neighborhood’s history as possible.

“We understand that with the Metro, there’s going to be gentrification in this community ... so I think the idea of putting on this cultural footprint, prior to that type of gentrification is really valuable,” Greenfield said. “Maybe it will inspire people that are new to this neighborhood at some point to not only take pride in but to extend themselves creatively in terms of how can we add to that dialogue that has been established so many years ago.”

The mural project is part of the overall revitalization of the area and is across the street from what will be the 50th Street pocket park. In the works since 2017, the project involves hundreds of local residents and business owners and will feature dozens of commissioned artwork.

Among the participating artists are Alison Saar, Artis Lane, Brenna Youngblood and Kehinde Wiley, who painted President Obama’s 2018 portrait for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery.

Aise Born, an artist, grew up marveling at “Our Mighty Contribution.” Although he didn’t have the chance to work on the mural, he’s excited to work on its new iteration and hopes young Angelenos will be inspired the way he was.

“If someone doesn’t know themselves, they don’t know their culture,” he said. “Looking at this wall, it’s like you can look back at the past, present and the future and have some kind of inspiration forward in life.”

Support local businesses at the holiday Makers Market in Crenshaw

LOS ANGELES — The National Retail Federation says holiday spending is expected to grow up to 4% this year. Popular restaurant Earle’s on Crenshaw is hosting a Makers Market where local vendors can sell their goods to the community.Adriana Gasaway, owner of ACE Naturals, already has a permanent spot at the gourmet hot dog shop and is excited to sell her skincare and wellness products to a wider audience at the market.What You Need To Know According to the Small Business Administration, there ...

LOS ANGELES — The National Retail Federation says holiday spending is expected to grow up to 4% this year. Popular restaurant Earle’s on Crenshaw is hosting a Makers Market where local vendors can sell their goods to the community.

Adriana Gasaway, owner of ACE Naturals, already has a permanent spot at the gourmet hot dog shop and is excited to sell her skincare and wellness products to a wider audience at the market.

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According to the Small Business Administration, there are 4.24 million small businesses in California, and 3.46 million are run and operated by one person, like ACE Naturals. Gasaway said most small business owners rely on markets and pop-ups to sell their products, since it is too expensive to rent a full brick and mortar.

That is why Earle’s on Crenshaw partnered with Metro to host the Makers Market during the three Saturdays before Christmas in December. Small business owners will set up shop to sell their goods during the holiday season with music, food and more. Owner Duane Earle said their family-run business — which is more than 30 years old — started as a street cart, so they know what it is like to build a brand.

“Amazon has the money to draw the attention. It’s the mom and pops that are the heart of the community. It’s that lifeline we need to stay sustained,” Earle said.

With the state of the economy, Earle has seen a lot of local business in the area close, but Los Angeles County is home to more minority and women-owned businesses than any other in the nation. He hopes the market will draw customers into Crenshaw to keep any dollars spent in the community.

“We are very diverse and have diverse offerings at affordable prices, custom-made items. A lot of things going on,” Earle said.

Gasaway is excited to get exposure, while also being part of someone’s holiday during the market.

“I hope they find things they didn’t know they needed or liked and have a good time,” she said.

The Makers Market runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 9, 16 and 23 in front of Earle’s on Crenshaw at 3860 Crenshaw Blvd. in LA.

Destination Crenshaw announces new artworks, official grand opening pushed to early 2024

Destination Crenshaw, which organizers have called the “largest commissioning project ever undertaken for Black artists,” is growing. The $100-million, 1.3-mile public art corridor on Crenshaw Boulevard — reflecting and celebrating Black Los Angeles — has added four art commissions to its roster.The project — permanent, outdoor sculptures and murals as well as 4 ac...

Destination Crenshaw, which organizers have called the “largest commissioning project ever undertaken for Black artists,” is growing. The $100-million, 1.3-mile public art corridor on Crenshaw Boulevard — reflecting and celebrating Black Los Angeles — has added four art commissions to its roster.

The project — permanent, outdoor sculptures and murals as well as 4 acres of new green space— now includes new works by sculptor Gerard Basil Stripling as well as muralists Patrick Henry Johnson, Anthony “Toons One” Martin and Kisasi Ramsess.

“I’m so grateful to be able to continue to live out our project,” says Jason W. Foster, Destination Crenshaw’s president and chief operating officer. “The program continues to develop, and we’re just really, really happy to be where we are.”

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At the same time, the ambitious public art project, designed by the architectural design firm Perkins&Will with landscape design by Studio-MLA, is pushing its grand opening. It had planned to officially debut its first public space, Sankofa Park at Crenshaw and Leimert boulevards, this fall. The park, now more than 60% complete, is on track to be finished by then, but it will have a soft “community opening” this fall, with the grand opening taking place in late February. That opening will happen in conjunction with four additional pocket parks and the debut of art installations.

Destination Crenshaw pushed the park’s official opening so as to unveil the five new public spaces together, celebrating a true “destination,” Foster says.

“One of the main components of Destination Crenshaw, in its naming, comes from [the late rapper and Destination Crenshaw “original brand ambassador”] Nipsey Hussle, saying we want this to be a destination for us,” Foster says. “So to kind of live out that, we really think it’s our due diligence to really do that for the community before we open it up broadly to everyone else.”

Destination Crenshaw also announced the creation of a collections care program to maintain what will have grown to more than 100 public art works along the corridor by late 2027. Ariana Makau, founder and principal conservator of Oakland’s Nzilani Glass Conservation, is serving as interim collections care director. She’ll assess and address the conservation needs of Destination Crenshaw artworks, recruit local talent and develop a collections care tech training program for them, as well as help to hire a permanent collections care director.

“It’s not just being able to make the art, it’s taking care of it,” Foster says. “Ariana Makau, who is actually a former Getty Marrow intern, is helping us, as a Black conservationist, develop a program that focuses on creating a workforce development pipeline from the traditional maintenance field to [collections care]. So this is going to work in tandem with the maintenance that we’re doing on the corridor and hopefully growing people into a career in arts services.”

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Fundraising for Destination Crenshaw, a public-private initiative, now stands at $86 million, a $14-million jump from this past February. The funds came from a mix of public and private support, including $3.4 million from the federal Housing and Urban Development Department’s Community Project Funding Grant program.

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Sculptural installations that will fill Sankofa Park, by Kehinde Wiley, Charles Dickson, Maren Hassinger and Artis Lane, are “deep in fabrication” now, with installation planning underway. Works by Alison Saar, Melvin Edwards and Brenna Youngblood, which will appear in other pocket parks, also are underway and “moving towards installation” right now.

In addition to the five parks debuting in late February, Destination Crenshaw includes four additional pocket parks that will debut “in a future phase of the project,” bringing the number of parks to nine. Sankofa Park, at more than 43,000 square feet, is the largest public green space. The pocket parks are about 2,500 to 4,000 square feet each.

The project also includes redesigned sidewalks within the corridor — “streetscapes” — featuring ivory stone from Africa and the motif of North African Star Grass’ root system.

“The migration of that star grass, it came to this country as the bedding of slave ships; but it’s in all 50 states,” Foster says. “And that story is the unifying narrative for the project. We brought stone from Africa that we’re putting into the concrete along the sidewalks that will actually show the migration patterns of Black people.”

Foster is “beyond excited” about the new art commissions.

Stripling’s 37-foot-long, 6-foot-high steel text sculpture — the word CRENSHAW with symbols that, as Foster describes them, expand “on the palette of Black design” — will stand on a Crenshaw Boulevard median across from Sankofa Park. Multicolored LED lights will illuminate it at night.

Destination Crenshaw runs along the new K Line (formerly called the Crenshaw/LAX Line). Stripling’s piece, Foster says, “is going to be the thing that people see where the train comes up from underground on Crenshaw just south of Vernon. It’s a wonderful way to announce your arrival to Crenshaw.”

Martin’s colorful mural, “Hey Young World,” combines photorealistic imagery and graffiti text collaged together.

Ramsess’ five ceramic mosaic murals will depict local Black icons including Tom Bradley, Serena Williams, Charles Mingus and Dorothy Dandridge set against significant landmarks such as the Hollywood sign, the Griffith Observatory and Watts Towers.

Johnson’s mural will be a 75-foot-long tribute to Black architect Paul Revere Williams, who designed the Beverly Hills Hotel and the Stanley Mosk Courthouse, among other L.A. landmarks.

“These are three muralists that are really well known in Los Angeles from the community,” Foster says. “And we’re excited about moving forward with their murals because they’ve been in conversation with our organization for years.”

Sites for the three murals have been selected, but Destination Crenshaw couldn’t yet reveal locations, as details are still being finalized.

Destination Crenshaw will include more than 50 mural projects by local artists. One of them is a redesign of the historic, 800-foot-long “Our Mighty Contribution” on the area’s Crenshaw Wall, depicting influential African Americans. The RTN Crew, which painted the latest version of the mural, will reimagine it.

“We are really intentional about how we create,” Foster says of Destination Crenshaw. “I look forward to celebrating Juneteenth with people and continuing to engage them around our art and what it means, around the commissions as they come out, and previewing future art commissions for those people, because it really is about changing the orientation to the future for the Crenshaw district — and really building some hope through this art.”

Destination Crenshaw to unveil Sankofa Park, the project’s ‘jewel in the crown,’ this fall

The first phase of Destination Crenshaw is speeding toward completion, with a boost in both federal funding and nearly completed artworks.The $100 million, 1.3-mile public art corridor on Crenshaw Boulevard — reflecting and celebrating Black Los Angeles — is scheduled to debut its first public space this fall, the organizatio...

The first phase of Destination Crenshaw is speeding toward completion, with a boost in both federal funding and nearly completed artworks.

The $100 million, 1.3-mile public art corridor on Crenshaw Boulevard — reflecting and celebrating Black Los Angeles — is scheduled to debut its first public space this fall, the organization announced on Wednesday. The new Sankofa Park, at Crenshaw and Leimert boulevards, will feature permanent, outdoor sculptural installations by artists including Kehinde Wiley, Charles Dickson, Maren Hassinger and Artis Lane.

The project, designed by the architectural design firm Perkins&Will withlandscape design by Studio-MLA, adds 4 acres of green space to the area,including nine “pocket parks.” Several of these parks will featuresculptures by Alison Saar, Melvin Edwards and Brenna Youngblood. Five of the pocket parks will debut in December; the other four will open in 2024.

“It’s incredibly exciting,” says Destination Crenshaw President and COO Jason W. Foster, adding that Sankofa Park — the “jewel in the crown” of the project — successfully pushed through pandemic challenges. “To come out of that, with the progress we’ve made, and to be finishing Sankofa Park this year,” he says, “allows us to say not only did our aspirations come to life, but we have something here that will be here moving forward.”

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Funding for Destination Crenshaw, a public-private initiative, now stands at $72 million.

The project’s private fundraising arm, the Sankofa Circle support group — headed by “Insecure” actress Issa Rae and Chicago Bulls player DeMar DeRozan — has raised $2.4 million. Destination Crenshaw also has been awarded $3.4 million in federal Community Project Funding, which in 2021 gave the project an additional $1 million. The Getty Foundation provided $3 million for the acquisition, fabrication and installation of the project’s first seven artworks as well as conservation planning for them. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority contributed $14.5 million. There has been additional public and private support since the project’s launch in 2017.

The ambitious public art project, which will run along the new K Line, formerly called the Crenshaw/LAX Line, will transform the area in many ways, organizers say.

Mayor Karen Bass noted, in the announcement, the “much needed cultural tourism and economic development” it will bring. She said she was proud that “Los Angeles was reinvesting in communities that had suffered historical neglect and disinvestment.”

Since its inception, Destination Crenshaw has made a point of supporting Black-owned businesses and hiring local workers, Foster says. General contractor PCL Construction has been working with the community organization 2nd Call to recruit workers from South L.A.

“We wanted to use Destination Crenshaw’s construction as an opportunity to grow the career pipeline,” says Foster, “so we developed a workforce development program focused on recruiting, hiring and training new construction workers from the community.”

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Aesthetically, he adds, the neighborhood will feature imagery inspired by the Sankofa bird — a traditional African symbol and an animal that can turn its neck 180 degrees, looking both backwards and forwards — as well as resilient African giant star grass, which was used as bedding on slave ships. “The story of that migration is actually the story of all Black Angelenos,” Foster says. “We’ve all migrated from somewhere but now we live here and we want to grow our roots.”

Destination Crenshaw will include more than 50 mural projects, all by local artists. Works by Anthony “Toons One” Martin, Patrick Henry Johnson and Kisasi Ramsess are in development and will begin installation this spring, with an eye toward debuting alongside Sankofa Park. Other mural projects will be announced later this year.

One mural project is the reimagining of the historic Crenshaw Wall depicting influential African Americans, “Our Mighty Contribution,” which has been an integral landmark in the community. Destination Crenshaw will work with the collective RTN Crew, which has been active in the community for more than two decades and which painted the latest iteration of the mural.

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In all, Destination Crenshaw will commission more than 100 artists, through 2027, to create works along the boulevard — what Foster calls the “largest commissioning project ever undertaken for Black artists.”

“Like the Sankofa bird, we are flying ahead at full speed toward the inauguration of the first major component of Destination Crenshaw,” L.A. City Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson said in the announcement.

Cultural erasure often happens as a result of big infrastructure projects, Foster notes, but Destination Crenshaw is pointedly — proudly — all about “cultural permanence.”

“We won’t determine whether housing costs go up or down — those are economic forces happening all over L.A. — but we intend to prevent cultural erasure of this important Black neighborhood, one of the largest black neighborhoods on the West Coast,” Foster says. “We want to do that by stamping the neighborhood with unapologetically Black art and an infrastructure project that will persuade Black people to stay in their homes, and not leave, or to move here. To create a cultural space that recognizes the value that we hold as Black people.”

Los Angeles Mixed-Income Community, Designed by SVA Architects, Awarded CA State Funding for Affordable Housing

Crenshaw Crossing to Receive Nearly $50MSANTA ANA, Calif., Oct. 4, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- SVA Architects joins the development team for Crenshaw Crossing in celebrating the recent award of $49.9 million in California state funding for the mixed-use and mixed-income project. Crenshaw Crossing will be located on land owned by Los Angeles Metro and Los Angeles County adjacent to the Expo/Crenshaw Station of the LA Metro light rail. Developed by Watt Companies, West Angeles Community Development Corp., and The Richman Group, the proj...

Crenshaw Crossing to Receive Nearly $50M

SANTA ANA, Calif., Oct. 4, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- SVA Architects joins the development team for Crenshaw Crossing in celebrating the recent award of $49.9 million in California state funding for the mixed-use and mixed-income project. Crenshaw Crossing will be located on land owned by Los Angeles Metro and Los Angeles County adjacent to the Expo/Crenshaw Station of the LA Metro light rail. Developed by Watt Companies, West Angeles Community Development Corp., and The Richman Group, the project is one of numerous affordable developments in SVA's portfolio which seeks to create thriving communities.

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Renderings of Crenshaw Crossing available here.

Crenshaw CrossingConstructed as a pair of eight-story buildings on both sides of Crenshaw Boulevard, Crenshaw Crossing aims to enliven and activate the region. The transit-oriented development will feature 401 studio, one-, and two-bedroom apartments. The ground floors will house 40,000 sq. ft. of commercial and community space (22,000 sq. ft. of which is designated for a grocery store), and 502 parking spaces. Additional features include a resident fitness center and outdoor recreation spaces, a pedestrian promenade, a plaza, and 10 miles of new bike lanes. SVA Architects and Belzberg Architects are leading the design, with RELM as the landscape architect. The project is anticipated to break ground in 2024, and it will take approximately two years to build.

California State FundingThe funding for Crenshaw Crossing is part of a $757 million award announced on August 30 by the California Strategic Growth Council, funded through its Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) Program. The funds are designated for building affordable housing in jobs-rich, walkable neighborhoods. This latest announcement brings AHSC's total funding awarded to over $3 billion, which has contributed to the development of 17,000 affordable homes and thousands of transportation improvement projects.

Ernesto M. Vasquez, FAIA, CEO of SVA Architects, says, "Congratulations to Watt Companies, West Angeles CDC, and The Richman Group in successfully securing funding to increase the affordable housing ratio in Crenshaw Crossing. This award helps make it possible to build homes that the local residents can afford. The development will preserve the neighborhood's existing culture and address the housing needs of Los Angeles' essential workers."

About SVA Architects, Inc.Founded in 2003, SVA Architects has become one of the Country's most innovative and respected design and planning organizations. The award-winning firm specializes in urban planning, architecture, and interior design of public, private, and mixed-use projects. Among the firm's portfolio are civic, educational, residential, commercial and mixed-use developments. SVA Architects values institutional and public environments as the foundation of a community and the backdrop against which we live, learn, work, worship, and play. The company is headquartered in Santa Ana with offices in Oakland, San Diego, Davis, and Honolulu. For more information, visit www.sva-architects.com.

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Taste of Soul returns to Crenshaw Blvd. Saturday

EDITOR'S NOTE: Multimedia journalist Taylor Torregano spoke with the founder of Taste of Soul about the evolution of the festival. Click the arrow above to watch the video.SOUTH LOS ANGELES — The biggest free street festival in California will return as a live event Saturday after two years of being virtual. Whether it’s soul food or soul music, the 17th annual Taste of Soul Family Festival is back in person and expected to be bigger than e...

EDITOR'S NOTE: Multimedia journalist Taylor Torregano spoke with the founder of Taste of Soul about the evolution of the festival. Click the arrow above to watch the video.

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — The biggest free street festival in California will return as a live event Saturday after two years of being virtual. Whether it’s soul food or soul music, the 17th annual Taste of Soul Family Festival is back in person and expected to be bigger than ever when it closes a two-mile stretch of Crenshaw Blvd. to cars and opens it up to pedestrians.

“Given the fact that we’re coming out of COVID, everybody is really, really excited to be coming back to Taste, and we’re excited to have them,” Danny Bakewell Jr. told Spectrum News 1. His father, Los Angeles Sentinel publisher Danny Bakewell Sr., started the event in 2005 and has grown it into a community party for “350,000 of his closest friends,” Bakewell Jr. said.

Just like before the pandemic, the Taste of Soul family festival will have five stages for performers playing everything from gospel to jazz to R&B, but it will have more of just about everything else: 150 food vendors serving up dishes from soul food and snow cones to fried fish and barbecue; 200 merchandise vendors selling everything from board games and clothing to jewelry and art; as well as social services.

About 20 vendors will be part of the LA County Pavilion. Some of them will connect festival-goers with medical services, including on-site blood-pressure, heart and cholesterol checks — even mammograms. Others will help with job placement, voter registration and Metro passes.

“There’s a huge social services component for people who either didn’t know they existed or didn’t have the time and couldn’t take off work,” Bakewell said. “We’re trying to bring all of these components right here to the community.”

Metro, which recently opened its new K Line light rail servicing the Crenshaw district, is one of several event sponsors that will also have a display. Microsoft will have a technology tent. Chevrolet will display various cars, including some of its new electric vehicles. And Bank of America will be on hand providing financial education, including information about its new program waiving the 20% down payment requirement for African American and Latino first-time home buyers.

All the event’s amenities are spread along a two-mile stretch of Crenshaw Blvd. from Obama Blvd. to Stocker St., including its five themed stages. Besides stages for blues, jazz and children’s performances, the Bakewell Media stage will feature shows by the funk band Lakeside, R&B act Troop and the synth-funk group Midnight Star, as well as several local performers. Local radio station KJLH will also have a stage, where Grammy-winning soul singer Kenny Lattimore and contemporary gospel act the Campbell Sisters are slated to perform.

Station owner Stevie Wonder also “might just show up and entertain the crowd,” as he’s done in previous years, Bakewell said. Taste of Soul often hosts unannounced-until-the-last-minute celebrity guests. Previous years have seen sets by comedian Cedric the Entertainer. This year, “In Living Color” actress and comedian Kim Coles will perform.

“You never really know who’s going to show up, but we try to make way for all of these celebrities,” Bakewell said. “It’s a chance to perform in front of their home crowd.”

KVLX, owned by talk show host Tavis Smiley, will be set up in the Taste’s beer garden, hosting jazz and blues bands.

“When you stop at all these vendors and get full, you just need a place to sit down and say, ‘Woo, let me rest. You know I’m going to sit here and praise God and listen to some gospel music or some good old school R&B and just kind of catch my breath.’”

Taste of Soul draws visitors from around the city and other parts of the state, but it’s a community event first and foremost. Many of the attendees live close enough to walk and host their own parties in conjunction with the fest.

“Beyond what we have going on at Crenshaw, families are having reunions and barbecues on their front porch, and then they make their way to listen to the music,” Bakewell said.

Since 2005, the annual Taste of Soul has been held as a live event every third Saturday of October. During COVID, however, it was a virtual event experienced as a drive-by food and gift card giveaway. This Saturday’s fest runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

“This is an opportunity for us in the Crenshaw community here in South Los Angeles to come together in a day of unity, in a day of celebration, a day of embracing our culture,” Bakewell said. “This is our home where everybody’s welcome, so we encourage everybody from every community to come and celebrate everything that is good and honorable and wholesome here in South Los Angeles.”

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