The L.A. Community Redevelopment Agency recently approved a plan to invest $500,000 in and around the once-famous Central Avenue between 18th Street and Slauson Avenue. Once a jazz haven and the heart of black L.A., Central Avenue has taken on a slightly less alluring atmosphere over the course of the last 50 years. Now, instead of jazz clubs hosting Duke Ellington, “the Avenue” hosts social service agencies, low income housing, and broke-down stores. The Central Avenue Action Plan aims to help small businesses paint their storefronts, which, of course, will cure a neighborhood suffering from decades of neglect and mired in poverty. We mean, it will look real pretty!
· L.A. Aims to Jazz Up Central Avenue [Los Angeles Times]