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15.83 mi (25.48 km)
Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica
I-405 in Los Angeles
Grand Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles
Wilshire Boulevard (/ˈwɪlʃər/ WIL-shər) is one of the principal
east-west arterial roads in Los Angeles, California, extending 15.83
miles (25.48 km) from Ocean Avenue in the city of Santa Monica
east to Grand Avenue in the Financial District of downtown Los
Wilshire Boulevard runs roughly parallel with Santa Monica
Boulevard from Santa Monica to the Miracle Mile district, after which
it runs a block south of Sixth Street to its terminus.
Wilshire Boulevard and the
Los Angeles County Art Museum, 1965
The Miracle Mile
Wilshire Boulevard in West Los Angeles
Wilshire Boulevard in Koreatown
Metro Rapid 720 bus headed to Santa Monica
Purple Line train
The Wilshire Regent
LACMA West (formerly the May Company Department Store)
Wilshire Boulevard through Miracle Mile in the 1960s
Wilshire Boulevard at the eastern border of Beverly Hills
Wilshire Boulevard is densely developed throughout most of its span,
connecting five of Los Angeles's major business districts to each
other, as well as Beverly Hills. Many of the post-1956 skyscrapers in
Los Angeles are located along Wilshire; for example, One Wilshire,
built in 1966 at the junction of Wilshire and Grand, is said to be
"...the main hub of the internet for the entire Pacific Rim" due to
the large concentration of telecommunications companies renting space
there. Aon Center, at one point Los Angeles' largest (and
presently second-largest) tower, is at 707
Wilshire Boulevard in
downtown Los Angeles.
One particularly famous stretch of the boulevard between Fairfax and
Highland Avenues is known as the Miracle Mile. Many of Los Angeles'
largest museums are located there. The area just to the east of that,
between Highland Avenue and Wilton Place, is referred to as the "Park
Mile". Between Westwood and Holmby Hills, several tall glitzy
condominium buildings overlook this part of Wilshire, giving it the
title of Millionaire's Mile. This section is also known as the
Wilshire Corridor and Condo Canyon.
The Wilshire Corridor, located next to Century City, is one of Los
Angeles' busiest districts, and contains many high-rise residential
towers. The Fox and MGM studios are located in a series of
skyscrapers, along with many historic
Los Angeles hotels.
Wilshire Boulevard is also the principal street of Koreatown, the site
of many of Los Angeles' oldest buildings, as well as skyscrapers.
Koreatown and Mid-Wilshire are among Los Angeles' most densely
MacArthur Park connection
5 The boulevard from west to east
6 Landmarks from west to east
7 Major intersections
8 In popular culture
9 See also
11 Further reading
12 External links
Much of the length of
Wilshire Boulevard can be traced back to the
Tongva people who used it to bring back tar from the La
Brea pits in today's Miracle Mile section of Wilshire Blvd, back to
their settlement on the coast. This road was later used by Spanish
explorers and settlers, calling it El Camino Viejo ('The Old Road').
The route that ultimately became Wilshire crossed the original pueblo
Los Angeles and five of the original Spanish land grants, or
Wilshire was pieced together from various streets over several
decades. It began in the 1870s as Nevada Avenue in Santa Monica, and
in the 1880s as Orange Street between Westlake (now MacArthur) Park
and downtown. Nevada and Orange were later renamed as parts of
The boulevard was named for
Henry Gaylord Wilshire
Henry Gaylord Wilshire (1861–1927), an
Ohio native who made and lost fortunes in real estate, farming, and
gold mining. In 1895 he began developing 35 acres of a barley
field, stretching westward from Westlake Park for an elite
residential subdivision, and donated to the city a strip of land 120
feet wide by 1,200 feet long for a boulevard, on the conditions that
it would be named for him and that railroad lines and commercial or
industrial trucking would be banned. The road first appeared on a
map under its present name in 1895. A historic apartment building
on the corner of Wilshire Blvd. and S. Kenmore Ave., the Gaylord,
carries his middle name.
Wilshire Boulevard home of
J. Paul Getty
J. Paul Getty was used as the filmset
for the 1950 film Sunset Boulevard: it was demolished in 1957.
Main articles: Purple Line (
Los Angeles Metro) and Red Line (Los
The Purple and Red subway lines of the
Los Angeles Metro run along
Wilshire Boulevard from just past the 7th/
Figueroa Street station
before serving the Westlake/
MacArthur Park and Wilshire/Vermont
stations, where the Purple Line continues along Wilshire to serve two
Normandie Avenue and at Western Avenue in Koreatown, while
the Red Line branches off to terminate in North Hollywood.
The construction of the future Purple Line extension along Wilshire
Boulevard commenced in November 2014. The construction timeline would
see the project from the existing
Wilshire/Western station to the
Wilshire/La Cienega station on the corner of Wilshire and La
Cienega Boulevard, to be completed by 2023. The second phase got
officially under way on February 23, 2018 from Wilshire/La Cienega to
Century City Station. Phase three of the Purple Line extension, when
fully completed, will extend to UCLA and Westwood/VA Hospital, and
Wilshire Boulevard for most of its route. Phase four to
downtown Santa Monica is still in the planning stages and has no
Metro Local Line 20,
Metro Rapid Line 720, and Santa Monica Transit
Line 2 operate along Wilshire Boulevard. Due to the high ridership of
line 720, 60-foot (18 m)
NABI articulated buses are used on this
route, and bus lanes are in place along some segments of the line.
All of the boulevard is at least four lanes in width, and most of the
portion between Hoover Street and
Robertson Boulevard has a raised
center median. The widest portion is in the business district of
central Westwood, where mobs of pedestrians crossing Wilshire at
Westwood Boulevard must traverse ten lanes (including two left-turn
pockets). According to a 1991 study by the
Los Angeles Department of
Transportation, this and the nearby intersection of Wilshire and
Veteran are among the busiest in Los Angeles. The boulevard's
widest portion is in Westwood and Holmby Hills, where it expands to
six, and briefly, eight lanes.
The sections of
Wilshire Boulevard in the city of
Los Angeles are
notorious for their giant potholes.
MacArthur Park connection
Wilshire Boulevard formerly ended at the
MacArthur Park lake, but in
1934 a berm was built for it to cross and link up with the existing
Orange Street (which ran from Figueroa to Alvarado) into downtown Los
Angeles. Orange Street was renamed Wilshire and extended east of
Figueroa to Grand. This divided the lake into two halves; the northern
half was later drained.
The boulevard from west to east
Wilshire Boulevard runs through the following:
Santa Monica (city)
Los Angeles (neighborhood)
Holmby Hills (neighborhood)
Beverly Hills (city)
Beverly Grove (neighborhood) – boulevard flanks southern edge
Carthay (neighborhood) – boulevard flanks northern edge
Miracle Mile (historic stretch of the boulevard)
Hancock Park (neighborhood)
Wilshire Park (neighborhood)
Downtown Los Angeles
Landmarks from west to east
Los Angeles National Cemetery
Wilshire Federal Building
Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery
Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel
Los Angeles Country Club
Beverly Hilton Hotel
The Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Larry Flynt Publications
Saban Theatre (formerly Fox Wilshire Theater)
Johnie's Coffee Shop
Petersen Automotive Museum
Academy Museum of Motion Pictures
Academy Museum of Motion Pictures (to be constructed)
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
La Brea Tar Pits
La Brea Tar Pits and George C. Page Museum
El Rey Theatre
E. Clem Wilson Building
Ebell of Los Angeles
Los Altos Apartments
Pellissier Building and Wiltern Theatre
Wilshire Boulevard Temple
St. Basil Catholic Church
Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools
Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools (former site of the Ambassador
Southwestern University School of Law
Southwestern University School of Law (in the former Bullocks Wilshire
The Town House
Bryson Apartment Hotel
Park Plaza Hotel
MacArthur Park (formerly Westlake Park)
Good Samaritan Hospital
Wilshire Grand Tower
Wilshire Grand Tower (completed)
The entire route is in
Los Angeles County.
West Los Angeles
I-405 (San Diego Freeway) – Sacramento, Long Beach
Interchange; former SR 7; I-405 exit 55B
Beverly Glen Boulevard
SR 2 (Santa Monica Boulevard)
La Cienega Boulevard
La Brea Avenue
SR 110 – San Pedro, Pasadena
Interchange; SR 110 exit 23A
Former US 6
In popular culture
Lana Del Rey
Lana Del Rey mentions
Wilshire Boulevard in the song
Honeymoon on her 2015 album of the same name, as well as American
Rapper Nipsey Hussle, in the song "Dreamin'" on his fifth mixtape
titled "The Marathon". The 1997 film Volcano features the
boulevard being destroyed by volcanic lava. On March 9, 1997, American
East Coast rapper
The Notorious B.I.G.
The Notorious B.I.G. was seated in the front
passenger seat of an SUV, which came to a stop at the red light at the
intersection of Wilshire and Fairfax. Another vehicle pulled up next
to them, and the driver drew out a pistol and shot B.I.G. four times
in a drive-by shooting, killing him.
Ernest L. Webster,
Los Angeles City Council member, 1927–31, helped
introduce traffic-signal system
Harold A. Henry,
Los Angeles City Council president active in
beautifying the boulevard
^ Bullock, Dave (03 March 2008). "A Lesson in Internet Anatomy: The
World's Densest Meet-Me Room". Wired. Accessed 21 September 2013.
^ "One Wilshire: Telco Hotel Central". Center for Land Use
Interpretation. Accessed 21 September 2013.
^ Ottens, Cale (22 August 2013). "Life at the top: In L.A.'s
skyscrapers, diverse firms, great views". LA Times. Accessed 21
^ Masters, Nathan (11 April 2012). "How the Miracle Mile Got Its Name:
A Brief History of L.A.'s Unlikely Retail District". KCET.com.
Accessed 21 September 2013.
^ Roderick (2005), 105
^ a b c "Birth of the Boulevard
Los Angeles Conservancy".
www.laconservancy.org. Retrieved 2016-10-15.
^ Hawthorne, Christopher (23 March 2013). "Wilshire Boulevard, a Main
Street that stands apart". LA Times. Accessed 21 September 2013.
^ Roderick (2005), 16
^ Roderick (2005), 10
^ "History". The Historic Gaylord Apartments. Accessed 21 September
^ Meares, Hadley (June 21, 2013). "The Gaylord Apartments: Luxury,
Socialism, and L.A.'s First Failed Co-op". Departures. KCET. Retrieved
19 March 2016.
^ "The top houses from the movies". Daily Telegraph.
^ Hill-Holtzman, Nancy (06 January 1991). "Westside Has L.A.'s Busiest
Intersections : Traffic: A city survey attributes the rush of
cars to population growth and the area's attractions." LA Times.
Accessed 21 September 2013.
^ Steven Leigh Morris, "L.A. Metro Buses Hammered By Potholes on Aging
Wilshire Boulevard," LA Weekly, 5 September 2008.
Lana Del Rey
Lana Del Rey releases eerie new track, 'Honeymoon'". Entertainment
Roderick, Kevin; J. Eric Lynxwiler (2005). Wilshire Boulevard: The
Grand Concourse of Los Angeles. Los Angeles, CA: Angel City Press.
Rosen, Louis (2011). Henry Gaylord Wilshire: The Millionaire
Socialist. Los Angeles, CA: School Justice Institute.
Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Wilshire.
Wikimedia Commons has media related to Wilshire Boulevard.
Wilshire Wonders (kcet.org)
Curating the City: Wilshire Blvd
An excerpt from "Wilshire Boulevard: Grand Concourse of Los Angeles",
by Kevin Roderick
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In popular culture
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"I Love L.A."
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Sunset Boulevard (film, musical)
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