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If curious about urban expression, go to Leimert Park ("Luh-MERT"), the intimate and ultimate cultural center of African-American interest. Jazz players, poets, social activists and everyday people are drawn to this area which is architectural reminiscent of NYC' Central Park. This is no coincidence since the design of Leimert Park is by architect Frederick Law Olmstead. Sometimes, Leimert Park gathers much attention, being the scene of social protests involving particular events shaped the black community. More often though, Leimert Park is a quiet and tranquil area where the loudest noise is of a saxophone practicing before a gig or the sizzle of pans in kitchens cooking up soul food. A noteable landmark here is the Leimert Theater (known as the Vision Theater now) with its distinct Spanish style and tower.

Leimert Park is lovely to do for a daytrip. Grab lunch, appreciate the arts and whole architecture of the place which is quite kept up and usually safe despite being not far away from the unfortnate slummish and unseedy parts of the Crenshaw District and South Los Angeles at large. Call Leimert the diamond of the rough of South Los Angeles. For a tourist head's up, nightime adventure here is more suitable for locals who know their way around but Leimert Park does offer nightly entertainment like live jazz. Leimert Park is just a few miles off two freeways, 10 and 110. An official day tour can be arranged (call for info).

...and, oh, by the way. Scenes of the movie, Collateral, are from this area. For you morbid L.A. tourist seekers, the Leimert Park area is where Elizabeth Short, the victim in the infamous Black Dhalia scandal, was found multilated. A nice way to sum up things, right? No, but really, Leimert Park stands for and is noted for what's positive and intriguing about Los Angeles as a cultural paradise. See pics and more info on website.

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Website: http://www.lacvb.com/travelpro/neighborhoodsleipark.aspx

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  • Updated Aug 22, 2009
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