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Wilshire Boulevard

Length 15.83 mi (25.48 km)

West end Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica

Major junctions I-405 in Los Angeles SR 110

East end Grand Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles

Wilshire Boulevard
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 Angeles. Wilshire Boulevard
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
Wilshire Boulevard
and the Los Angeles
Los Angeles
County Art Museum, 1965

The Miracle Mile

Wilshire Boulevard
Wilshire Boulevard
in West Los Angeles

Wilshire Boulevard
Wilshire Boulevard
in Koreatown

Metro Rapid
Metro Rapid
720 bus headed to Santa Monica

Purple Line train

The Wilshire Regent

LACMA West (formerly the May Company Department Store)

Wilshire Boulevard
Wilshire Boulevard
through Miracle Mile in the 1960s

Wilshire Boulevard
Wilshire Boulevard
at the eastern border of Beverly Hills

Wilshire Boulevard
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
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.[1][2] Aon Center, at one point Los Angeles' largest (and presently second-largest) tower, is at 707 Wilshire Boulevard
Wilshire Boulevard
in downtown Los Angeles.[3] One particularly famous stretch of the boulevard between Fairfax and Highland Avenues is known as the Miracle Mile.[4] 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".[5] 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
Los Angeles
hotels. Wilshire Boulevard
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 populated districts.


1 History 2 Transportation

2.1 Subway 2.2 Metro

3 Features 4 MacArthur Park
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 10 References 11 Further reading

11.1 Books

12 External links

History[edit] Much of the length of Wilshire Boulevard
Wilshire Boulevard
can be traced back to the indigenous Tongva people
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 of Los Angeles
Los Angeles
and five of the original Spanish land grants, or ranchos.[6] 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 Wilshire.[6] 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.[7] In 1895 he began developing 35 acres of a barley field,[8] 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.[6] The road first appeared on a map under its present name in 1895.[9] A historic apartment building on the corner of Wilshire Blvd. and S. Kenmore Ave., the Gaylord, carries his middle name.[10][11] The Wilshire Boulevard
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.[12] Transportation[edit] Main articles: Purple Line ( Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Metro) and Red Line (Los Angeles Metro) Subway[edit] The Purple and Red subway lines of the Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Metro run along Wilshire Boulevard
Wilshire Boulevard
from just past the 7th/ Figueroa Street
Figueroa Street
station before serving the Westlake/ MacArthur Park
MacArthur Park
and Wilshire/Vermont stations, where the Purple Line continues along Wilshire to serve two stations at Normandie Avenue
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
Wilshire/Western station
to the planned 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
Century City
Station. Phase three of the Purple Line extension, when fully completed, will extend to UCLA and Westwood/VA Hospital, and will follow Wilshire Boulevard
Wilshire Boulevard
for most of its route. Phase four to downtown Santa Monica is still in the planning stages and has no funding. Metro[edit] Metro Local
Metro Local
Line 20, Metro Rapid
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. Features[edit] All of the boulevard is at least four lanes in width, and most of the portion between Hoover Street and Robertson Boulevard
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
Westwood Boulevard
must traverse ten lanes (including two left-turn pockets). According to a 1991 study by the Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Department of Transportation, this and the nearby intersection of Wilshire and Veteran are among the busiest in Los Angeles.[13] 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
Wilshire Boulevard
in the city of Los Angeles
Los Angeles
are notorious for their giant potholes.[14] MacArthur Park
MacArthur Park
connection[edit] Wilshire Boulevard
Wilshire Boulevard
formerly ended at the MacArthur Park
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[edit] Wilshire Boulevard
Wilshire Boulevard
runs through the following:

Santa Monica (city) West Los Angeles
Los Angeles
(neighborhood) Brentwood (neighborhood) Sawtelle (neighborhood) Westwood (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
Hancock Park
(neighborhood) Wilshire Park (neighborhood) Koreatown (neighborhood) Westlake (neighborhood) Downtown Los Angeles

Landmarks from west to east[edit]

Los Angeles
Los Angeles
National Cemetery Wilshire Federal Building Hammer Museum Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel Wilshire Regent Sinai Temple Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Country Club Beverly Hilton Hotel The Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel Rodeo Drive Sterling Plaza Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Larry Flynt Publications Saban Theatre
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) Hancock Park Los Angeles
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
Wilshire Boulevard
Temple St. Basil Catholic Church Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools
Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools
(former site of the Ambassador Hotel) Southwestern University School of Law
Southwestern University School of Law
(in the former Bullocks Wilshire department store) The Town House Lafayette Park Bryson Apartment Hotel Park Plaza Hotel MacArthur Park
MacArthur Park
(formerly Westlake Park) Good Samaritan Hospital Wilshire Grand Tower
Wilshire Grand Tower

Major intersections[edit] The entire route is in Los Angeles
Los Angeles

Location Destinations Notes

Santa Monica Ocean Avenue

Lincoln Boulevard

West Los Angeles I-405 (San Diego Freeway) – Sacramento, Long Beach Interchange; former SR 7; I-405 exit 55B

Sepulveda Boulevard

Westwood Boulevard

Beverly Glen Boulevard

Beverly Hills SR 2 (Santa Monica Boulevard)

La Cienega Boulevard

Los Angeles Fairfax Avenue

La Brea Avenue

Crenshaw Boulevard

Western Avenue

Vermont Avenue

Alvarado Street

SR 110 – San Pedro, Pasadena Interchange; SR 110 exit 23A

Figueroa Street Former US 6

Grand Avenue

In popular culture[edit] American singer Lana Del Rey
Lana Del Rey
mentions Wilshire Boulevard
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".[15] 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. See also[edit]

Ernest L. Webster, Los Angeles
Los Angeles
City Council member, 1927–31, helped introduce traffic-signal system Harold A. Henry, Los Angeles
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 September 2013. ^ 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
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 2013. ^ 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 Weekly's EW.com. 

Further reading[edit] Books[edit]

Roderick, Kevin; J. Eric Lynxwiler (2005). Wilshire Boulevard: The Grand Concourse of Los Angeles. Los Angeles, CA: Angel City Press. ISBN 1-883318-55-6. 

Rosen, Louis (2011). Henry Gaylord Wilshire: The Millionaire Socialist. Los Angeles, CA: School Justice Institute. ISBN 9780615521244

External links[edit]

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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Streets in Los Angeles
Los Angeles
and the metropolitan area

Numbered streets


1st 3rd

11–40 41–250 Avenues

North–south streets

Alameda Alvarado Atlantic Blvd./Atlantic Ave. Avalon Blvd. Aviation Blvd. Beverly Dr. Broadway Cahuenga Blvd. Central Ave. Crenshaw Blvd. Doheny Dr. Fairfax Ave. Figueroa Garfield Ave. Glendale Blvd./Brand Blvd. Gower Grand Avenue Highland Ave. Hill Hoover La Brea Ave./Hawthorne Blvd. La Cienega Blvd. Laurel Canyon Blvd./Crescent Heights Blvd. Lincoln Blvd. Los Angeles Main Normandie Ave. Ocean Ave. Robertson Blvd. Rosemead Blvd./Lakewood Blvd. San Fernando Rd. San Pedro Sawtelle Blvd. Sepulveda Blvd. Sierra Hwy. Soto Pacific Blvd./Long Beach Blvd. Union Ave. Vermont Ave. Vine Van Ness Ave Western Ave. Westwood Blvd. Wilcox Avenue

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 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 and Vine Los Alamitos Circle

Diagonal streets

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

Streets in San Pedro

Gaffey Western Ave.


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
Sunset Boulevard
(film, musical)

All un-suffixed roads are streets unless otherwise noted.

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