Western Avenue (Los Angeles)

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The Solair at Wilshire Boulevard and Western Avenues.
The Solair, a transit-oriented development of condominiums, a parking garage, above the Purple line subway stop at Wilshire Boulevard and Western Avenues.

Western Avenue is a major four-lane street in the city of Los Angeles (west of Downtown) and through the center portion of Los Angeles County, California. It is one of the longest north–south streets in Los Angeles city and county, apart from Sepulveda Boulevard. It is about 29 miles (47 km) long.


Description

Western Avenue passes through a large diversity of residential neighborhoods in Los Angeles County. From the south, where it transitions into Paseo Del Mar near White Point and the Pacific Ocean, it begins in San Pedro, then passes though Rancho Palos Verdes, Harbor City, California (Los Angeles), Gardena and South Los Angeles. It is also the easternmost border of Torrance.

Around the Pico Boulevard, Olympic Boulevard, and Wilshire Boulevard intersections, Western Avenue passes through Koreatown. Further north, Western Avenue passes through the East Hollywood district. Around the Santa Monica Boulevard, Sunset Boulevard, and Hollywood Boulevard intersections, it passes through the East Hollywood neighborhoods of Little Armenia and Thai Town.

The northern terminus of Western is north of Franklin Avenue in the Los Feliz district, at the base of the Hollywood Hills. The road curves east becoming Los Feliz Boulevard, a major east/west thoroughfare through Los Feliz to the Golden State Freeway and from there into the city of Glendale.

Another Western Avenue begins north of Griffith Park and is located in the San Fernando Valley area of Glendale. Its southwest terminus is nearly due north of where Los Angeles' Western Avenue transitions into Los Feliz Boulevard.

California State Route 213 is designated as the portion of Western Avenue from Interstate 405 to 25th Street, in San Pedro.

History

The street derives its name from its history as the western–most border of Los Angeles city limits in the 19th century, before annexations in the early 20th century expanded the city westward and onwards.

Public transit

Metro subway and at-grade stations

Western Avenue is served by three metro Los Angeles Metro Rail stations:

  1. Hollywood Boulevard on the Red Line
  2. Wilshire Boulevard on the Purple Line
  3. Exposition Boulevard on the Expo Line

Metro Local

References


External links

  • YouTube: Western Avenue (Melrose to Pico) Los Angeles

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