The Crenshaw Line will include a station at Leimert Park, hailed as South L.A.’s answer to Gold Line stations in Chinatown, Little Tokyo and Mariachi Plaza.

The plan originally didn’t have a Leimert Park station, and it took a two-year fight by community members to get it approved.

The connectivity the light rail will bring could change the future of Leimert Park Village, considered the hub of African American business and culture in Southern California, residents said. The neighborhood’s main street is lined with shops and cafes, as well as one of the last black-centric bookstores in the region.

via Metro breaks ground on $2-billion Crenshaw light-rail line –

I passed the ground-breaking this morning on my way in to work. Earlez, Yum Yum and Conroys are gone. The face of Crenshaw and Rodeo looks completely different. Onward and upward, I guess.