Today, the Crenshaw district and surrounding areas is home to a thriving African-American and Hispanic community. Since the 1960's neighborhood of Baldwin Hills has been a destination for doctors, entertainers and politicians. The term "the Black Beverly Hills" was born, with celebrities including Ray Charles, Ike and Tina Turner, Nancy Wilson, and former Los Angeles Mayor, Tom Bradley, settling into the lovely hillside homes.
The Baldwin Hills district of Los Angeles developed the Broadway-Crenshaw Center in November, 1947. This center is considered the oldest regional shopping center in operation in the United States.
This open-air, center underwent a major redevelopment in the late 1980's. As a result, in 1989 a new 858,000 square foot, 2-level enclosed regional mall opened anchored by May Company, Sears, Broadway, and a freestanding Albertson's supermarket. In 1995 Magic Johnson Theatres opened a 15-plex cinema, followed in 2003 by the first ever opening of a 3-level Wal-Mart in the former Broadway building.
The Baldwin Hills Crenshaw area has undergone many permutations over the decades. Through it all the area has continued to endure and today is a tight-knit enclave determined to preserve its past while looking boldly toward the future.
Today we will transform Baldwin Hills Crenshaw to a landmark destination that will be the pride of the community.
Baldwin Hills Crenshaw is an 850,000 square foot retail destination located at the intersection of Crenshaw Blvd. and Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. in Los Angeles, California. Anchored by Macy's and Sears with over 100 specialty stores and dining options, Baldwin Hills Crenshaw has long been recognized as the hub of the surrounding communities.
From a signature concert series known as BHCP Live!, monthly Kids Club and a weekly Farmers Market to the many public services offered at the mall, it is clear that Baldwin Hills Crenshaw is more than just a place to shop, it's a central gathering place for the local community.
With Baldwin Hills Crenshaw so entrenched in local lifestyle, we are committed to making this neighborhood an even better place to live, work, shop and just BE! We have teamed up with some great partners to support a variety of worthwhile events and continue to support efforts and programming that reflect the history and interests of our local residents.
Perhaps our most significant commitment is our plan to make a substantial and long-overdue investment in the mall that will propel Baldwin Hills Crenshaw toward achieving Class-A status and provide a shopping/dining/entertainment experience that local residents so richly deserve.