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Construction on Crenshaw/LAX line is hurting business, merchants say
Construction on Crenshaw/LAX line is hurting business, merchants say

When Jamie Edwards was looking for a place to take his grooming business, he thought he had found the perfect spot at Stakely's Barbershop on busy Crenshaw Boulevard in South Los Angeles. The shop was in the middle of a thriving commercial corridor, just steps from the Exposition Line and near a residential area full of potential clients. Edwards started work at the shop in January, along with 10 other barbers and stylists. But almost immediately, business began to plunge as construction began on the new Crenshaw/LAX light-rail line. Street closures made it difficult for clients to find the shop. Foot traffic vanished after crews blocked the sidewalk, and Edwards' fellow...

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