Leimert Park is a neighborhood in Los Angeles, California roughly bounded by Rodeo Road on the north, 4th Avenue and Roxton Avenue on the east, Vernon Avenue on the south, and Crenshaw Boulevard on the west. Crenshaw District lies to the south, View Park to the west, Vermont Square to the east, and Jefferson Park to the north. The district’s principal thoroughfare is Leimert Boulevard, which bisects the neighborhood from northeast to southwest.
Developed by Walter H. Leimert beginning in 1928 and designed by the Olmsted brothers, Leimert Park was one of the first comprehensively planned communities in Southern California designed for upper and middle-income families, and was considered a model of urban planning for its time: automobile traffic near schools and churches was minimized, utility wires were buried or hidden from view in alleys, and densely planted trees lined its streets. Walter Leimert envisioned a self-sufficient community, with a town square, theatre and retail shopping. Leimert Park became a desirable community and one of the first to have a Home Owners’ Association.
Today, Leimert Park is considered center of the African-American arts scene in Los Angeles, with flourishing blues and jazz clubs, as well as venues for hip hop and numerous dramatic performances and poetry readings. One resident, filmmaker John Singleton, has called it “the black Greenwich Village.” The park at the district’s center, adjoined by shops and a theater, is a popular place for performances and gatherings.
This park holds the famous Summer Jazz In Leimert Park.
Leimert Park, 4323 Leimert Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90008