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Slauson Avenue
NamesakeJ. S. Slauson
Maintained byLocal jurisdictions
Nearest metro station
West endCulver Boulevard in Culver City
Major
junctions
SR 90 / I-405 in Culver City
I-110 in Los Angeles
I-5 in Commerce
SR 19 in Pico Rivera
I-605 in West Whittier-Los Nietos
East endSanta Fe Springs Road in Whittier
Slauson Ave & Slauson/I-110 Metro J Line Station.

Slauson Avenue is a major east–west thoroughfare traversing the central part of Los Angeles County, California. It was named for the land developer and Los Angeles Board of Education member J. S. Slauson. It passes through Culver City, Ladera Heights, View Park-Windsor Hills, South Los Angeles, Huntington Park, Maywood, Commerce, Montebello, Pico Rivera, Whittier, and Santa Fe Springs. The street runs 20.9 miles (33.6 km) from McDonald Street in Culver City and to Santa Fe Springs Road, where it becomes Mulberry Drive in Whittier. Mulberry Drive ends at Scott Avenue in South Whittier.

Transit

Metro Rail

There are three major transit stations (two light rail) on Slauson Avenue. They include the Slauson Station of the Metro A Line and the Hyde Park Station on the Metro K Line.

Metro Bus and Freeways

Slauson/I-110 Station of the Metro J Line is elevated in the median of Interstate 110 freeway.

Metro Local line 108 operates on Slauson Avenue.

The eastern terminus of the State Route 90, the Marina Freeway, is at Slauson Avenue. In Los Angeles, the street is south of Washington Boulevard and Vernon Avenue, but north of Gage Avenue and Florence Avenue.

Landmarks

Slauson Avenue was noted for a former Bethlehem Steel mill on the 3300 block. At one time Slauson Avenue was a center for urban heavy industry in Los Angeles; the ATSF Harbor Subdivision once ran along Slauson Avenue. It is also known for the Simply Wholesome Vegetarian restaurant and Health food store, as well as the historic Jet Inn motor hotel.[1]

Jet Inn at 4542 Slauson Avenue

Revitalization Project

Portions of Slauson Avenue have been revitalized with a new tree-lined barrier, new LED street and traffic lights and metro local bus benches. The project was officially completed in May 2017.[2]

In popular culture

Nipsey Hussle

Rapper Ermias Asghedom (1985–2019), professionally known as Nipsey Hussle, was from Los Angeles. He frequently referred to Crenshaw and Slauson Avenue in his music, and was nicknamed Neighborhood Nip for that reason.[3] He owned the Marathon Clothing Store on the intersection. The intersection was named Ermias “Nipsey Hussle” Asghedom Square in April 2019 to honor him.[4]

Dr. Dre

The music video for Dr. Dre's 1993 song "Let Me Ride" was shot on location on Slauson Avenue. One of Dr. Dre's lyrics in the song also references the avenue: "The sun went down when I hit Slauson, On my way to the strip, now I'm just flossin'".

The Tonight Show

The avenue became well known to non-Angelenos around the U.S. because of Johnny Carson's running joke about the "Slauson Cutoff" during his "Tea-Time Movie" sketches on The Tonight Show.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Jet Inn". priceline.com. Retrieved 2017-06-20.
  2. ^ "Slauson Revitilization Project". www.dpw.lacounty.gov. Retrieved 2017-06-28.
  3. ^ Simani, Ellis; Roberts, Randall; Roberts, Krishnakumar (April 4, 2019). "How Nipsey Hussle saw Slauson Avenue". www.latimes.com. Retrieved 2019-04-16.
  4. ^ Cosgrove, Jaclyn (April 9, 2019). "Crenshaw and Slauson intersection to be named in honor of Nipsey Hussle". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2019-04-10.