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Los Angeles’ Crenshaw Metro Station

Apr 18, 2011 by Lisa Newton

On Friday, I took LA’s Crenshaw/I-105 Metro Station, aka as the “Green Line,” going west.

The last time I took the Green Line, I was traveling to Long Beach. But today, I’m heading to downtown Los Angeles via the “Silverline.” If you’re ever in Inglewood, the Green Line and its connection is one of the best ways to get there.

The Crenshaw/I-105 Metro Station includes a 500 space parking lot, which on this particular weekday was half full. During my foray, I took advantage of their services and parked my car there and headed to the platform. BTW, there’s no charge for parking.

Entitled, “Crenshaw Stories,” the artwork gracing the walls of the station are the brain child of Buzz Spector, who until recently lived in the Mt. Washington area of Los Angeles County.

When he thought about public transit Spector said:

Transportation systems are not just means of moving people—they are metaphors of the cultural and spiritual links between peoples. Crenshaw Stories has been designed to stress the connections between us that may be found in the stories we tell about our lives. If we can better understand each others stories, we’ll be better able to appreciate the connections between us all.

The station’s patrons include a diverse ethnic and cultural population and corroborate Crenshaw’s Stories.

The neighborhood’s stories include Spanish, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Arabic, Russian and Tagalog, among others. In total, 72 stories are hand-painted onto tile and interspersed with color squares at the entrance to this Metro Stop.

Be sure to see it in person and read a few of the stories. That way, our differences are lessened and our community becomes a beloved glimpse into other people’s lives which comprise the great melting pot called Los Angeles.

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