Can a Historic Neighborhood Survive an Improvement it Asked For?
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Leimert Park is called the cultural hub of black Los Angeles, and it fought hard for a station on the new Crenshaw Line. But that’s driven up the price of real estate—driving out the World Stage and other organizations which claim they’re what made Leimert Park so important.
Also tonight, with just 300 hydrogen-powered cars on California highways, Governor Brown wants to create a market for more. But why should the owners of existing automobiles be taxed for alternative cars of the future?
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California Restarts the Hydrogen Highway ()
There are about 300 hydrogen-powered automobiles on California roads and highways. Governor Brown’s Air Resources Board wanted oil companies to build hydrogen fueling stations for the cars of the future. The oil companies resisted and threatened to sue, asking why they should pay for their own demise. So, the Governor has signed into law a requirement that 20 million dollars a year be taken from current auto-registration fees.
Complications for the Crenshaw Line ()
Leimert Park fought hard for a station on the new Crenshaw Line—and it’s going to get one. But that’s produced unintended consequences: businesses and organizations that make the neighborhood central to LA’s black culture are being driven out because of increased property values.
Which Way L.A.? is made possible in part by the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation and the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation.
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