Metro unveils South L.A. station dedicated to Nipsey Hussle

Local leaders Saturday dedicated the new Hyde Park Station on the K Line in south Los Angeles to slain rapper Nipsey Hussle and the Crenshaw community.

Los Angeles City Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson spoke about the late rapper’s involvement with Hyde Park Station during a dedication ceremony. The station is located between the intersections of Crenshaw Boulevard with Slauson Avenue and 59th Street, near where Hussle opened his Marathon clothing store.

“Once he grasped the vision and understanding of what the train would mean to this community and its neighborhoods and businesses like his, he became deeply committed to making this train work on behalf of our employees and helping us express and live our possibilities and our hopes and our dreams,” Harris-Dawson said.

Hussle, a Grammy-nominated rapper, was found outside of his Marathon clothing store on W. Slauson Ave. on March 31, 2019. 3420 shot. Hussle, 33, whose real name was Ermias Asghedom, was taken to a hospital where he died.

In 2019, the intersection of Crenshaw and West Slauson Avenues was named Asghedom Square in honor of the late rapper Ermias “Nipsey Hussle”. Last month, the city council voted to temporarily close the alley near where Hussle was shot, citing an increase in criminal activity in the area.

The station was not officially named after Hussle, but according to Metro spokesman Patrick Chandler, there was a push from the community to do so.

Harris-Dawson also highlighted the historic communities surrounding the station, including Leimert Park, Inglewood, Vermont Square and Manchester Square.

“From Slauson to Vernon, you will see world-class artwork that celebrates the history and heritage of African Americans,” he said. “Anyone who comes to LA and takes the train from the airport will see it. Is that in order?”

The new station is one of eight stations to be added to the 8.5-mile K Line and is part of the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project, which represents a $2 billion investment to serve the communities of Los Angeles, Inglewood and Serve El Segundo by connecting with the existing Metro E line at Crenshaw and Exposition Boulevards to the C line at El Segundo. The K Line is expected to open later this year.

According to a Metro press release, the city also plans to improve safety for pedestrian access to the new station by installing wider crosswalks and sidewalks, curb extensions and mid-islands of refuge.

“Metro and the City of Los Angeles are pulling out all the stops to make our new Hyde Park K-Line station as safe and accessible as possible for our community,” said Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker, first vice chair of the Metro board of directors, in an explanation. “Taken together, these improvements will greatly increase access to opportunities that Hyde Park has needed for decades.”

All stations will feature artwork commissioned through the agency’s Metro Art program, the agency said. Hyde Park Station includes porcelain enamel art entitled ‘Hyde Park Oasis’ by Carlson Hatton.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-08-10/nipsey-hussle-named-after-new-metro-south-la-hyde-park-station Metro unveils South L.A. station dedicated to Nipsey Hussle

Sarah Ridley

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