Crenshaw Boulevard: Cruising Through the Decades

By Alvaro Parra (October 23, 2013)

 

Crenshaw Boulevard, the 'Shaw', the Crenshow -- though it may lack the global appeal of its Hollywood cousins, the iconic thoroughfare is best known to many Angelenos as the cultural and commercial spine of black L.A. Of course, as is true with many sections of South Los Angeles, this wasn't always the case.

 

The street was named in 1904 after banker and real estate developer George Lafayette Crenshaw, often remembered for his-