Location & Transportation
Crenshaw is served by two public transportation lines that connect local residents to most major Los Angeles business and entertainment districts. In addition to accessible commute routes along city streets by car, the public transportation greatly enhances the community's ability to combat Los Angeles traffic. Whether by bus or the Los Angeles County Rail System, locals are minutes away from popular attractions such as the South Bay Galleria, Downtown Los Angeles, the Staples Center, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica pier and beaches, Manhattan Beach, Long Beach and its famous Pike and much more. Similarly, residents are within short commutes of most Los Angeles major business districts where employment abounds in nearly every industry.
Crenshaw is also accessible by four major Los Angeles freeways that can connect them to any city in Southern California. The 10, 105, 110, and 405 freeways are all minutes away depending on what part of the city of Crenshaw locals reside. In a city where driving time just to get to a freeway can be cumbersome, Crenshaw's centrality shortens commute times immensely.
Crenshaw High School and Dorsey High School are the main high schools serving area residents while a host of elementary and middle schools also serve younger scholars. The city is surrounded by many colleges and universities as well, enabling residents of all ages to pursue an education whether it is through a trade or professional school, at a community college, or at a major university such as the University of Southern California. Many of Los Angeles' community colleges have direct ties to some of the city's major universities, providing students a clear path to their future goals. Santa Monica Community College has a very strong relationship with UCLA while El Camino College has a pipeline of students who have gone on to attend USC, Loyola Marymount and California State University, Long Beach.
Los Angeles County is a vast region that extends along the coastline from the Palos Verdes Peninsula, to the northernmost beaches of Santa Monica, and eastward to the edges of the Inland Empire. The basin is bordered by beautiful mountain ranges, the Pacific Ocean and a variety of rolling hills and open territory. Residents of Crenshaw are privy to it all. From world famous attractions such as Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm, to famous professional sports teams such as the Dodgers, Lakers and Kings, locals have access to many of the finest amenities in the country. Los Angeles' Museum Row is a 20 minute drive north up Crenshaw Boulevard. The many boutiques and trendy restaurants that have made prestigious cities such as Manhattan Beach, Venice and Beverly Hills famous are also short driving or public transit commutes away.
Crenshaw residents don't have to travel outside of the city to find entertainment or work. The Magic Johnson theatre complex and the Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw plaza are two popular gathering spots for locals. Similarly, Friday nights on Crenshaw Boulevard is a famous strip of road lined with many diverse businesses, restaurants and clubs where people socialize, cruise, and enjoy the warm year-round nights that Los Angeles offers.
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