central avenue

Central Ave is the backbone of Historic South Central. Rich in history, Central Ave contains landmarks like the Dunbar Hotel, the Lincoln Theater, and the City's Historic Jazz Corridor--the center of jazz in Los Angeles between the 1920s and 1950s. Great Streets seeks to nurture community development, helping Central Ave become a destination once again. In particular, Great Streets will leverage planned traffic calming to improve economic conditions on the corridor.

You can learn more about Central Ave in our Benchmarking Great Streets, in which we collected troves of transportation, economic, social environmental, health, and safety data about each of the first 15 corridors.


  • Partnered with Bureau of Street Services and Department of Transportation to implement proactive infrastructure maintenance, including concrete sidewalk repairs

  • Initiated weekly overnight street sweeping

  • Installed solar powered Soofa bench

  • Upgraded bus shelter with USB charging station, wifi, and realtime updates

  • Awarded $20,000 in Challenge Grant funding for Youth Envisioned Streets, a one-day event that highlighted health, wellness, small businesses, and community resources.

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Southeast Los Angeles Community Plan

The Los Angeles Department of City Planning is currently updating the community plan for Southeast Los Angeles. Learn more by visiting this website.


Central Avenue Story Map

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Central Avenue Partners

Do you live on this street? Click here to get involved!

Central Avenue Historic Business Improvement District