From left are Santa Claus,  Kandee Lewis, and Council President Pro Tem Marqueece Harris-Dawson. (Courtesy photo)

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the holiday spirit is in full swing, and the community came together in a dazzling display of lights and festivities at the “Eighth Annual It’s Lit Tree Lighting” at Broadway and Century this past week.

The celebration, a tradition for the community, was kicked off with the lighting of an awe-inspiring 40-foot holiday tree. Council President Pro Tem Marqueece Harris-Dawson, a driving force behind the event, broke ground on a transformative project set to invest over $120 million in the Broadway-Manchester streetscape.

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This ambitious project, known as Broadway Sur, aims to enhance safety and environmental equity across nearly three miles of Manchester from Vermont to Broadway and Broadway from Manchester to Imperial Highway. The community can look forward to concrete-protected bike lanes, pedestrian street lighting for safer crossings, and the addition of new bus benches. Moreover, 250 trees will be planted throughout the community, providing shade and contributing to a greener environment.

The enhancements, especially the introduction of lighting and concrete-protected bike lanes, are a direct response to the persistent traffic safety concerns that have plagued the community. The overarching goal is to make Broadway safer for families and students, creating an environment where walking and biking can be done confidently.

This year’s It’s Lit celebration was particularly special as it coincided with the groundbreaking for the Alliance Judy Ivie Burton Technology Academy High School’s campus expansion. The South East Area Neighborhood Council, LA35, and special guest Santa Claus added to the festive spirit, making it a memorable event for all.

A heartfelt thank you goes out to the South East Area Neighborhood Council, LADWP, LAFD, LAPD, LA35, Delancey Street Foundation, and all partners and sponsors who made these celebrations possible. As the holiday season continues, South LA eagerly anticipates more joyous moments and community gatherings.

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