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Sunset Boulevard
Boulevard
is a boulevard in the central and western part of Los Angeles County, California
California
that stretches from Figueroa Street
Figueroa Street
in Downtown Los Angeles
Los Angeles
to the Pacific Coast Highway at the Pacific Ocean.

Contents

1 Geography 2 History 3 Cultural aspects 4 Landmarks include (past and present) 5 See also 6 Notes 7 References 8 External links

Geography[edit] Approximately 22 miles (35 km) in length,[1] the boulevard roughly traces the arc of mountains that form part of the northern boundary of the Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Basin, following the path of a 1780s cattle trail from the Pueblo de Los Angeles
Los Angeles
to the ocean.[2] From Downtown Los Angeles, the boulevard heads northwest, to Hollywood, through which it travels due west for several miles before it bends southwest towards the ocean. It passes through or near Echo Park, Silver Lake, Los Feliz, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and Holmby Hills. In Bel-Air, Sunset Boulevard
Boulevard
runs along the northern boundary of UCLA's Westwood campus. The boulevard continues through Brentwood to Pacific Palisades, where it terminates at the Pacific Coast Highway intersection. The boulevard has curvaceous winding stretches, and can be treacherous for unaware drivers in some sections. Sunset Boulevard
Boulevard
is at least four lanes wide along its entire route. Sunset is frequently congested with traffic loads beyond its design capacity. Sunset Boulevard
Boulevard
historically extended farther east than it now does, starting at Alameda Street
Alameda Street
near Union Station and beside Olvera Street in the historic section of Downtown. The portion of Sunset Boulevard east of Figueroa Street
Figueroa Street
was renamed Cesar Chavez Avenue[1] in 1994, along with Macy Street and Brooklyn Avenue, in honor of the late Mexican-American
Mexican-American
union leader and civil rights activist. History[edit] In 1877, one of the earlier real estate owners from "back East" Horace H. Wilcox, decided to subdivide his more than 20 acres (8 hectares) of land (mostly orchards and vineyards) along Sunset Boulevard, including what is today Hollywood
Hollywood
and Vine.[3] In 1890, Belgian diplomat Victor Ponet bought 240 acres (97 hectares) of the former Rancho La Brea
Rancho La Brea
land grant.[4] His son-in-law, Francis S. Montgomery, inherited this property and created Sunset Plaza.[5][irrelevant citation] According to a 1901 article in the Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Herald, Sunset only extended from Hollywood
Hollywood
in the west to Marion Avenue in the Echo Park district in the east.[6] The Board of Public Works proposed to extend Sunset east to Main Street in the Plaza by routing the road over the existing section of Bellevue Avenue,[7] but the plan was delayed until approximately 1904,[8][9] due to active opposition by affected land owners.[10] According to the 1910[11] Baist Real Estate Survey Atlas, Sunset Boulevard
Boulevard
reached the Plaza by that time, but it did so by two short and narrow segments which were not aligned with each other and thus did not provide a proper thoroughfare to it. In late 1912, several properties along the route were condemned so that the boulevard could be changed in both its width and its alignment.[12][13] With these changes completed, Sunset Boulevard
Boulevard
now reached North Main Street and continued as Marchessault along the northern end of the Plaza. This section, variously marked and signed as Marchessault Street or East Sunset Boulevard, remained open to traffic until the late 1960s or early 1970s.[14] At that time Sunset was realigned one block north and Marchessault was closed to motor traffic. In 1921, a westward expansion of Sunset began, extending the road from the then-current terminus at Sullivan Canyon through Santa Monica to the coast. This land, a portion of the original 1838 holdings of Fransisco Marquez, stretched across a mesa and became known as the "Riviera section." Will Rogers, who had bought much of this land as an investment, later donated it to the State of California
California
creating Will Rogers State Historic Park.[15] Circa 1931, Sunset was a paved road from Horn Avenue to Havenhurst Avenue.[16] Cultural aspects[edit] The Sunset Strip
Sunset Strip
portion of Sunset Boulevard
Boulevard
in West Hollywood
Hollywood
has been famous for its active nightlife at least since the 1950s.[17] In the 1970s, the area between Gardner Street and Western Avenue was a center for street prostitution.[18] Shortly after a well publicized June 1995 incident, police raids drove out the majority of prostitutes on the Boulevard. Part of Sunset Boulevard
Boulevard
in Hollywood
Hollywood
is also sometimes called "Guitar Row" due to the large number of guitar stores and music industry-related businesses,[19] including the recording studios Sunset Sound Studios
Sunset Sound Studios
and United Western Recorders. The portion of Sunset Boulevard
Boulevard
that passes through Beverly Hills was once named Beverly Boulevard. The boulevard is commemorated in Billy Wilder's 1950 film Sunset Boulevard, the Andrew Lloyd Webber
Andrew Lloyd Webber
musical of the same name, and the 1950s television series 77 Sunset Strip. Jan and Dean's 1960s hit song "Dead Man's Curve" refers to a section of the road near Bel Air estates just north of UCLA's Drake Stadium where Jan Berry almost died in an automobile accident in 1966.[20] The Buffalo Springfield
Buffalo Springfield
song "For What It's Worth" was written about a riot at Pandora's Box, a Sunset Strip
Sunset Strip
club, in 1966.[21] Metro Local
Metro Local
lines 2, 302 and 602 operate on Sunset Boulevard, with the former two running through most of Sunset Boulevard
Boulevard
between Downtown LA and UCLA, and the latter from UCLA
UCLA
west. The Metro Red Line operates a subway station at Vermont Avenue. At 4334 W. Sunset Boulevard, lies the wall featured on the cover of the late singer-songwriter Elliott Smith's 2000 album, Figure 8. Since Elliot's death in 2003, the wall has become a mural for the artist where fans have left many personal messages over the years. Landmarks include (past and present)[edit]

Amoeba Records Beverly Hills Hotel Blessed Sacrament Church Book Soup Carney's CBS Columbia Square Chateau Marmont Cinerama Dome Comedy Store Crossroads of the World Directors Guild of America
Directors Guild of America
headquarters Dudley Do-Right Emporium Earl Carroll Theatre The Garden of Allah Gower Gulch Hollywood
Hollywood
Athletic Club Hollywood
Hollywood
High School Hollywood
Hollywood
Palladium Hotel Bel-Air House of Blues Hyatt West Hollywood KCET KTLA The London Fog Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Film School Marymount High School Metromedia Square
Metromedia Square
(the former Fox Television Center and KTTV
KTTV
studios) Nickelodeon on Sunset Palisades Charter High School Psychiatry: An Industry of Death Museum Rainbow Bar and Grill Rock Walk The Roxy Theatre Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine Spago Standard Hotel Sunset Junction Sunset Gower Studios Tiffany Theatre Tiki Ti UCLA Viper Room Whisky a Go Go Will Rogers
Will Rogers
State Beach Will Rogers
Will Rogers
State Historic Park

See also[edit]

Sunset Boulevard (film)
Sunset Boulevard (film)
(1950)

Los Angeles
Los Angeles
portal

Notes[edit]

^ a b Feiler, Bruce (21 September 2010). America's Prophet: How the Story of Moses Shaped America. HarperCollins. p. 208. ISBN 978-0-06-172627-9. Retrieved 9 August 2012.  ^ Hawthorne, Christopher (July 14, 2012). "For Sunset, a new dawn". Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Times. Retrieved August 9, 2012.  ^ Kennelley 1981, p. 69. ^ Kennelley 1981, p. 165. ^ McGroarty, John Steven (1921). Los Angeles
Los Angeles
from the Mountains to the Sea: With Selected Biography of Actors and Witnesses to the Period of Growth and Achievement, Volume 3. American Historical Society. p. 891. OCLC 920607532.  ^ "Board Acts With Favor: Sunset Boulevard
Boulevard
May Be Extended: Proposed Improvement Will Cost Hundred Thousand Dollars: Estimates Are Presented to Board of Public Works by Fred Eaton and That Body Grants Petition, for Its Extension—Cost of Widening Bellevue Avenue to a Point Near Plaza". Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Herald. 28 (4). October 5, 1901. p. 9 – via California
California
Digital Newspaper Collection. Sunset boulevard at present extends from Hollywood, in the beautiful Cahuenga valley, to Marion avenue. It is now proposed to make Bellevue avenue an extension of the system from Marion avenue to Main street. In order to make the driveway a uniform width It will be necessary to widen Bellevue avenue from seventeen to twenty feet in many places between Marion avenue and the plaza.  ^ "Sunset Boulevard
Boulevard
May Reach Plaza: City Councilmen Encourage The Extensive Project. Committee of Business Men Secures Favorable Action from the Board of Public Works". Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Times. October 5, 1901. p. A2. (Subscription required (help)).  Alternate Link via ProQuest. ^ "New Boulevard
Boulevard
Is Completed: Suburban Residents Will Celebrate Saturday". Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Herald. 31 (227). May 13, 1904. p. 12 – via California
California
Digital Newspaper Collection.  ^ " Los Angeles
Los Angeles
And Hollywood
Hollywood
Unite In Opening Of Sunset Boulevard". Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Herald. 31 (229). May 15, 1904. p. 5 – via California
California
Digital Newspaper Collection.  ^ "Protest Against Improvement". Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Herald. 29 (315). August 14, 1902. p. 6 – via California
California
Digital Newspaper Collection.  ^ 1910 Baist Real Estate Survey Atlas, Los Angeles. Plate 003 (Map). Philadelphia: G. W. Baist. 1910. OCLC 19764849.  ^ "Old-day Buildings to Go for Street". Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Times. September 17, 1912. p. I7. (Subscription required (help)).  Alternate Link via ProQuest. ^ Baist Real Estate Survey Atlas, Los Angeles. Plate 003 (Map). Philadelphia: G. W. Baist. 1914.  ^ More research is needed to pin down the year ^ Kennelley 1981, p. 219-221. ^ Kennelley 1981, p. 182. ^ Starr, Kevin (14 February 2006). Coast of Dreams. Random House. p. 455. ISBN 978-0-679-74072-8. Retrieved 9 August 2012.  ^ Ditmore, Melissa Hope (30 August 2006). Encyclopedia of Prostitution and Sex Work. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 260. ISBN 978-0-313-32968-5. Retrieved 9 August 2012.  ^ Green, Frank W. M. (5 March 2008). D'Angelico, Master Guitar Builder: What's in a Name?. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 69. ISBN 978-1-57424-217-1. Retrieved 9 August 2012.  ^ Warshaw, Matt (1 September 2010). The History of Surfing. Chronicle Books. p. 198. ISBN 978-0-8118-5600-3. Retrieved 9 August 2012.  ^ Rasmussen, Cecilia (August 5, 2007). "Closing of club ignited the ' Sunset Strip
Sunset Strip
riots'". Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Times. Retrieved August 9, 2012. 

References[edit]

Kennelley, Joe; Hankey, Roy (1981). Sunset Boulevard: America's Dream Street. Burbank, California: Darwin Publications. ISBN 0933506066. OCLC 9759543. 

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Libman, Gary (December 18, 1988). "Street of Contrasts in a Changing L.A. : Sunset Boulevard: Epitome of L.A. : As It Winds From Plaza to Ocean, Diversity Is Its Name". Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Times. 

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Los Angeles
and the metropolitan area

Numbered streets

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North–south streets

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East–west streets

Adams Blvd. Alondra Blvd. Arrow Hwy. Artesia Blvd. Bandini Blvd. Beverly Blvd. Carroll Ave. Carson Century Blvd. Compton Blvd./Marine Ave. Del Amo Blvd. El Segundo Blvd. Florence Ave. Franklin Ave. Garvey Ave. Hollywood
Hollywood
Blvd. Imperial Hwy. Jefferson Blvd. Lomita Blvd. Los Feliz Blvd. Manchester Ave./Firestone Blvd. Manhattan Beach Blvd. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard Melrose Ave. Montana Ave. Mulholland Dr. Nadeau Olympic Blvd. Pico Blvd. Rosecrans Ave. Santa Monica Blvd. Slauson Ave. Sunset Blvd./Cesar Chavez Ave. Temple Valley Blvd. Vernon Ave. Venice Blvd. Washington Blvd. Whittier Blvd. Wilshire Blvd.

The Valleys

Arrow Hwy. Balboa Blvd. Beverly Glen Blvd. Cahuenga Blvd. Coldwater Canyon Ave. Colorado Blvd. Foothill Blvd. Glenoaks Blvd. Lankershim Blvd. Laurel Canyon Blvd. Mulholland Dr. Reseda Blvd. Riverside Dr. San Fernando Rd. Sepulveda Blvd. Sierra Hwy. Sunland Blvd./Vineland Ave. Topanga Canyon Blvd. Valley Blvd. Van Nuys Blvd. Ventura Blvd. Victory Blvd.

Intersections and traffic circles

Hollywood
Hollywood
and Vine Los Alamitos Circle

Diagonal streets

Centinela Ave./Bundy Dr. San Vicente Blvd. California
California
Incline

Streets in San Pedro

Gaffey Western Ave.

Alleyways

Olvera Santee Alley

In popular culture

77 Sunset Strip "All I Wanna Do" "Blue Jay Way" "Dead Man's Curve" "Down Rodeo" "I Love L.A." Mulholland Drive "Pico and Sepulveda" "LA Devotee" Sunset Boulevard
Boulevard
(film, musical)

All un-suffixed roads are streets unless otherwise noted.

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