Protesters may hold up revitalization of the Village

Nearly two years after the city unveiled its plan to create a more vibrant Leimert Park Village, a group of residents and business people are still calling for more time to review the proposal, according to a story in The Wave.

The city claims it wants to renovate the cultural enclave of Leimert Park Village while retaining its ethnic appeal. Art deco inspired drawings were presented last month by the Leimert Park Collaborative, which includes architects David Denton, Michael Anderson and Roland Wiley and Karen Mack of LA Commons.

Renovation of the Vision Theater is seen as the cornerstone of the plan.

About 100 people showed up at the special meeting of the Crenshaw Community Advisory Committee at Audubon Middle School. Nearly every public comment was positive.

But The Wave only quoted people who have been against the plan and held it up for two years.

“Basically what they’re saying is that they’re taking their report to the CRA, but you don’t have a say,” Crenshaw Community Advisory Committee member Lark Galloway-Gilliam told the Wave.

For some reason, they don't mention that she's very active in Save Leimert, which urged residents not to participate in the city's visioning process because they created their own. “They’re playing it as though we’re ignorant. You show [us] pretty pictures, Disneyland pictures, and we’re supposed to be happy.”

Despite the delay and the fact that the city brought the plan back to the community for input, detractors still want more time and more input.

“I think the community has been rushed for their input. I think the community has not had enough time to really study all of the possibilities of modern urbanization and modern city process,"Jackie Ryan, co-owner of Zambezi Bazaar, told The Wave. “This is being stuffed down the throat of the community.”

This is the same person who said in an Associated Press story in April: "The whole thing is to remove black people," Ryan said.

At the very bottom of the April story, with the unfortunate headline "Future of Post-Riot Leimert Park Unsure -," they finally gave a voice to people who believe that more stores in the Village will bring more people and actually help the current businesses survive.

"If you have a lot more people living here, you have a built-in customer base," James Fugate, co-owner of Eso Won bookstore, told the AP.

Despite a large, supportive crowd The Wave didn't talk to one person that supported the city's ideas.

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