Downtown Los Angeles
Downtown Los Angeles is the central business district of Los Angeles, California, as well as a diverse residential neighborhood of some 58,000 people. A 2013 study found, it is part of Central Los Angeles. A heritage of the city's founding in 1781, Downtown Los Angeles today is composed of different areas ranging from a fashion district to Skid Row, it is the hub for the city's urban rail transit system and the Metrolink commuter rail system for Southern California. Banks, department stores, movie palaces at one time drew residents and visitors into the area, but the district declined economically and suffered a downturn for decades until its recent renaissance starting in the early 2000s. Old buildings are being modified for new uses, skyscrapers have been built. Downtown Los Angeles is known for its government buildings, parks and other public places; the earliest known settlements in the area of what is now Downtown Los Angeles was by the Tongva, a Native American people. European settlement arrived after Father Juan Crespí, a Spanish missionary charged with exploring sites for Catholic missions in California, noted in 1769 that the region had "all the requisites for a large settlement".
On September 4, 1781, the city was founded by a group of settlers who trekked north from present-day Mexico. Land speculation increased in the 1880s, which saw the population of the city explode from 11,000 in 1880 to nearly 100,000 by 1896. Infrastructure enhancements and the laying of a street grid brought development south of the original settlement into what is today the Civic Center and Historic Core neighborhoods. By 1920, the city's private and municipal rail lines were the most far-flung and most comprehensive in the world in mileage besting that of New York City. By this time, a steady influx of residents and aggressive land developers had transformed the city into a large metropolitan area, with DTLA at its center. Rail lines connected four counties with over 1,100 miles of track. During the early part of the 20th century, banking institutions clustered around South Spring Street, forming the Spring Street Financial District. Sometimes referred to as the "Wall Street of the West," the district held corporate headquarters for financial institutions including Bank of America and Merchants Bank, the Crocker National Bank, California Bank & Trust, International Savings & Exchange Bank.
The Los Angeles Stock Exchange was located on the corridor from 1929 until 1986 before moving into a new building across the Harbor Freeway. Commercial growth brought with it hotel construction—during this time period several grand hotels, the Alexandria, the Rosslyn, the Biltmore, were erected — and the need for venues to entertain the growing population of Los Angeles. Broadway became the nightlife and entertainment district of the city, with over a dozen theater and movie palaces built before 1932. Department stores opened flagship stores downtown, including The Broadway, Hamburger & Sons, May Company, JW Robinson's, Bullock's, serving a wealthy residential population in the Bunker Hill neighborhood. Numerous specialty stores flourished including those in the jewelry business which gave rise to the Downtown Jewelry District. Among these early jewelers included the Laykin Diamond Company and Harry Winston & Co. both of which found their beginnings in the Hotel Alexandria at Fifth and Spring streets.
The Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal opened in May 1939, unifying passenger service among various local and long-distance passenger trains. It was built on a grand scale and would be one of the "last of the great railway stations" built in the United States. Following World War II, the development of the Los Angeles freeway network, increased automobile ownership led to decreased investment downtown. Many corporate headquarters dispersed to new suburbs or fell to mergers and acquisitions; the once-wealthy Bunker Hill neighborhood became a haven for low-income renters, its stately Victorian mansions turned into flophouses. From about 1930 onward, numerous old and historic buildings in the plaza area were demolished to make way for street-level parking lots, the high demand for parking making this more profitable than any other option that might have allowed preservation; the drastic reduction in the number of residents in the area further reduced the viability of streetfront businesses that would be able to attract pedestrians.
For most Angelenos, downtown became a drive-out destination. In an effort to combat blight and lure businesses back downtown, the city's Community Redevelopment Agency undertook the Bunker Hill Redevelopment Project in 1955, a massive clearance project that leveled homes and cleared land for future commercial skyscraper development; this period saw the clearing and upzoning of the entire neighborhood, as well as the shuttering of the Angels Flight funicular railway in 1969. Angels Flight resumed operation in 1996 for a period of five years, shutting down once again after a fatal accident in 2001. On March 15, 2010, the railway once again opened for passenger service following extensive upgrades to brake and safety systems. With Class A office space becoming available on Bunker Hill, many of DTLA's remaining financial corporations moved to the newer buildings, leaving the former Spring Street Financial District devoid of tenants above ground floor. Following the corporate headquarters' moving six blocks west, the large department stores on Broadway shuttered, culminating in the 1980s.
However, the Broadway theaters saw much use as Spanish-language movie houses during this time, beginning with the conve
San Vicente Boulevard
San Vicente Boulevard is a major northwest-southeast thoroughfare located in the western portion of the metropolitan area of Los Angeles, CA. Built in the early 20th century and named for the Rancho San Vicente y Santa Monica that had occupied the area, the boulevard ran from the Soldiers' Home in Los Angeles to Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica; this tree-lined street was 130 feet wide, with trolley lines used by the Los Angeles Pacific Electric Railway running down its center. It was oiled and surfaced in 1906 and, when completed, it "made one of the finest drives in the country."Today the boulevard begins at Venice Boulevard between Crenshaw Boulevard and La Brea Avenue and travels in a northwesterly direction towards Beverly Hills. The roadway splits into two streets past La Cienega Boulevard: the western branch becoming Burton Way, which becomes South Santa Monica Boulevard and connects directly to downtown Beverly Hills; the northern branch remains as San Vicente Blvd. itself, passes Beverly Center, continues north into West Hollywood and becomes N Clark St. at Sunset Boulevard.
A separate stretch of road with the same name runs from Santa Monica to Brentwood. Locating an address on San Vicente Boulevard can be tricky; the easternmost end at Venice Boulevard increases to the west. By Los Angeles convention, since there is no E. San Vicente Boulevard, i.e. the boulevard does not go east of Main Street, San Vicente Boulevard is not termed W. San Vicente Boulevard; the address numbers continue to increase up to 6600 at Wilshire Boulevard. Two complications begin at this point. First, since San Vicente Boulevard does not follow the overall grid of Los Angeles but rather a arcing curve, the intersection at Wilshire Boulevard is chosen as the point where the numbering switches from east-west numbers to north-south numbers with respect to the city grid. Secondly, between Wilshire Boulevard and La Cienega Boulevard, the median of San Vicente forms a border between Beverly Hills and Los Angeles; the east side of San Vicente is known as S. San Vicente Boulevard, with numbering decreasing between 700 at the Wilshire end and 400 at the La Cienega end—even numbers only.
The west side of San Vicente is known as N. San Vicente Boulevard, with numbering increasing between 100 at the Wilshire end and 300 at the La Cienega end—odd numbers only. North of La Cienega, both sides of the street are in Los Angeles; the numbering continues accordingly as 400 S. San Vicente Boulevard; the street becomes N. San Vicente Boulevard at Gracie Allen Drive; as in the rest of Los Angeles, the numbers at the city's grid axis start with 100. Numbers 0-99 are not used. At 300 N. San Vicente Boulevard, the boulevard enters the city of West Hollywood at Beverly Boulevard; the street name and numbering do not change. The street terminates at Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood at the number 1100 N. San Vicente. A second San Vicente Boulevard begins in the Brentwood neighborhood of the city of Los Angeles; this street is unrelated to the former except in name. Once again, for the same reason at before, this street is not known as W. San Vicente Boulevard. However, some navigation systems call this street West San Vicente to differentiate it from the other.
This San Vicente Boulevard begins at Wilshire Boulevard west of Interstate 405. This second intersection of Wilshire and San Vicente Boulevard is 5.5 miles west of the former. Once again, the numbering increases to the west, beginning with the number 11400 at Wilshire Boulevard; as the street continues, it crosses the border of the city of Santa Monica, does not change names, at Santa Monica's 26th Street. The last number on San Vicente Boulevard in Los Angeles' address grid is 13100. On the Santa Monica side, the numbering follows that city's grid and begins at 2600 and decreases towards the ocean. At Ocean Avenue, San Vicente Boulevard has its western terminus at the number 100. San Vicente curves diagonally and cuts through both east-west and north-south streets, allowing quick access between Downtown Los Angeles and Beverly Hills or West Hollywood. In summer 2011, construction was to begin on the San Vicente median between Pico Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue. Planning meetings have taken place in the affected Olympic Park Neighborhood Council, Pico Neighborhood Council, the Mid-City West Community Council.
Money for the project is coming from these three councils and the Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles. The Olympic Park Neighborhood Council is committing $30,000 for the project. According to the Beverly Press, "The plan calls for the medians between Fairfax Avenue and Pico Boulevard to be adorned with new trees, a walking path and seating areas. Trees and plaques at the intersections at Pico Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue, identifying them as gateways, will be installed."
Los Angeles the City of Los Angeles and known by its initials L. A. is the most populous city in California, the second most populous city in the United States, after New York City, the third most populous city in North America. With an estimated population of four million, Los Angeles is the cultural and commercial center of Southern California; the city is known for its Mediterranean climate, ethnic diversity and the entertainment industry, its sprawling metropolis. Los Angeles is the largest city on the West Coast of North America. Los Angeles is in a large basin bounded by the Pacific Ocean on one side and by mountains as high as 10,000 feet on the other; the city proper, which covers about 469 square miles, is the seat of Los Angeles County, the most populated county in the country. Los Angeles is the principal city of the Los Angeles metropolitan area, the second largest in the United States after that of New York City, with a population of 13.1 million. It is part of the Los Angeles-Long Beach combined statistical area the nation's second most populous area with a 2015 estimated population of 18.7 million.
Los Angeles is one of the most substantial economic engines within the United States, with a diverse economy in a broad range of professional and cultural fields. Los Angeles is famous as the home of Hollywood, a major center of the world entertainment industry. A global city, it has been ranked 6th in the Global Cities Index and 9th in the Global Economic Power Index; the Los Angeles metropolitan area has a gross metropolitan product of $1.044 trillion, making it the third-largest in the world, after the Tokyo and New York metropolitan areas. Los Angeles hosted the 1932 and 1984 Summer Olympics and will host the event for a third time in 2028; the city hosted the Miss Universe pageant twice, in 1990 and 2006, was one of 9 American cities to host the 1994 FIFA men's soccer World Cup and one of 8 to host the 1999 FIFA women's soccer World Cup, hosting the final match for both tournaments. Home to the Chumash and Tongva, Los Angeles was claimed by Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo for Spain in 1542 along with the rest of what would become Alta California.
The city was founded on September 4, 1781, by Spanish governor Felipe de Neve. It became a part of Mexico in 1821 following the Mexican War of Independence. In 1848, at the end of the Mexican–American War, Los Angeles and the rest of California were purchased as part of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, becoming part of the United States. Los Angeles was incorporated as a municipality on April 4, 1850, five months before California achieved statehood; the discovery of oil in the 1890s brought rapid growth to the city. The completion of the Los Angeles Aqueduct in 1913, delivering water from Eastern California assured the city's continued rapid growth; the Los Angeles coastal area was settled by the Chumash tribes. A Gabrieleño settlement in the area was called iyáangẚ, meaning "poison oak place". Maritime explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo claimed the area of southern California for the Spanish Empire in 1542 while on an official military exploring expedition moving north along the Pacific coast from earlier colonizing bases of New Spain in Central and South America.
Gaspar de Portolà and Franciscan missionary Juan Crespí, reached the present site of Los Angeles on August 2, 1769. In 1771, Franciscan friar Junípero Serra directed the building of the Mission San Gabriel Arcángel, the first mission in the area. On September 4, 1781, a group of forty-four settlers known as "Los Pobladores" founded the pueblo they called El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles,'The Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels'; the present-day city has the largest Roman Catholic Archdiocese in the United States. Two-thirds of the Mexican or settlers were mestizo or mulatto, a mixture of African and European ancestry; the settlement remained a small ranch town for decades, but by 1820, the population had increased to about 650 residents. Today, the pueblo is commemorated in the historic district of Los Angeles Pueblo Plaza and Olvera Street, the oldest part of Los Angeles. New Spain achieved its independence from the Spanish Empire in 1821, the pueblo continued as a part of Mexico.
During Mexican rule, Governor Pío Pico made Los Angeles Alta California's regional capital. Mexican rule ended during the Mexican–American War: Americans took control from the Californios after a series of battles, culminating with the signing of the Treaty of Cahuenga on January 13, 1847. Railroads arrived with the completion of the transcontinental Southern Pacific line to Los Angeles in 1876 and the Santa Fe Railroad in 1885. Petroleum was discovered in the city and surrounding area in 1892, by 1923, the discoveries had helped California become the country's largest oil producer, accounting for about one-quarter of the world's petroleum output. By 1900, the population had grown to more than 102,000; the completion of the Los Angeles Aqueduct in 1913, under the supervision of William Mulholland, assured the continued growth of the city. Due to clauses in the city's charter that prevented the City of Los Angeles from selling or providing water from the aqueduct to any area outside its borders, many adjacent city and communities became compelled to annex themselves into Los Angeles.
Los Angeles created the first municipal zoning ordinance in the United States. On September 14, 1908, the Los Angeles City Council promulgated residential and industrial land use zones; the new ordinance established three residential zones of a single type, where industrial uses were
Harvard Heights, Los Angeles
Harvard Heights is a densely populated, mixed-income neighborhood of 20,000+ people in Central Los Angeles, California. Within in it lies a municipally designated historic overlay zone designed to protect its architecturally significant single-family residences, including the only remaining Greene and Greene house in Los Angeles; the neighborhood has one private and two public schools. It is the site of a private library dedicated to the memory of singer Ray Charles. In 1997, historian Leonard Pitt and writer/editor/indexer Dale Pitt described Harvard Heights as a neighborhood between Western and Normandie Avenues and Olympic and Washington Boulevards, it was part of the West Adams district, a middle-class area annexed by the city of Los Angeles early in the century. Two-story Craftsman-style Victorian homes still abound there. Since 2000, the City of Los Angeles Planning Department and Office of Historic Resources has defined the Harvard Heights historic neighborhood as encompassing 34 blocks comprised predominantly of single-family residences, some multiple-family residences, as well as commercial properties.
The designated historic zone lies between Olympic Boulevard on the north, Washington Boulevard to the south, Normandie Avenue on the east and Western Avenue on the west. The Mapping L. A. project of the Los Angeles Times defines Harvard Heights as a broader area, flanked by Koreatown to the north, Pico-Union to the east, Adams-Normandie and Jefferson Park to the south and Arlington Heights to the west. The street boundaries are given as north: Olyimpic Boulevard. Harvard Heights has been noted as a once grand neighborhood, in danger of falling apart.... The overall population was old and African American as whites migrated to the suburbs, the freeway bisected the neighborhood, most of the homes had been converted into apartments.... Neighborhood's long-anticipated renaissance took place in the late'90s; as Los Angeles commutes got longer and longer, white-collar professionals began moving back into the city. Harvard Heights has been called a "preservationist's dream come true," a neighborhood characterized by the Craftsman houses built on the heights southwest of downtown between 1902 and 1910.
Today, Harvard Heights boasts the only remaining Greene and Greene house in Los Angeles, "as well as homes built by the Heinemann brothers and Eager, architect Frank M. Tyler."According to a 2005 Los Angeles Times headline, Harvard Heights was "a stately turn-of-the-century neighborhood, undergoing a restoration boom after decades of hard times. Xquisite woodwork, high ceilings, formal dining rooms, cozy inglenooks and stained-glass windows are some of the features that attract residents to spacious two-story homes" found in the area."In 2005 it was said that "Although prices are rising Harvard Heights remains an affordable choice for people interested in large historic homes. Two-story homes here are a relative bargain when the square footage and features are compared with priced structures in other neighborhoods." Exquisite woodwork, high ceilings, formal dining rooms, cozy inglenooks and stained-glass windows are some of the features that attract residents to these spacious two-story homes.
For those who work downtown, the area's proximity to the city and the Santa Monica Freeway make it an easy commute. The architecture of the neighborhood has made the area a favorite for film and television location scouts. According to the Mapping L. A. project of the Los Angeles Times, the 2000 U. S. census counted 18,587 residents in the 0.79-square-mile neighborhood—an average of 23,473 people per square mile, one of the highest densities in Los Angeles. In 2008 the city estimated that the population had increased to 20,194; the median age for residents was 30, about the same as the city norm. Harvard Heights was considered moderately diverse ethnically; the breakdown was Latinos, 66.3%. Mexico and El Salvador were the most common places of birth for the 57.8% of the residents who were born abroad, a figure, considered high compared to the city as a whole. The median household income in 2008 dollars was $31,173, a low figure for Los Angeles, a high percentage of households earned $20,000 or less.
The average household size of 3.2 people was high for the city of Los Angeles. Renters occupied 84.3% of the housing units, house- or apartment owners the rest. The percentages of never-married men and women, 50% and 48,2% were among the county's highest; the 2000 census found 939 families headed by single parents, a high rate for both the city and he county. There were 3.8 %, a low figure for Los Angeles. These were the ten neighborhoods or cities in Los Angeles County with the highest population densities, according to the 2000 census, with the population per square mile: Just 10.3% of Harvard Heights residents aged 25 and older had a four-year degree in 2000, a low rate for both the city and the county. The percentage of residents with less than a high school diploma was high for the county. Schools operating within the Harvard Heights borders are: Los Angeles Elementary School, LAUSD, 1211 South Hobart Boulevard Bishop Conaty-Our Lady of Loretto High School, private, 2900 West Pico Boulevard The Jane B.
Eisner School, charter, 2755 W. 15th St. A middle school campus serving grades 6 through 8. In September 2010, the original site of singer Ray Charles's recording studio and office on Washington Blvd, was rededicated as the Ray Charles Memorial Lib
Windsor Square, Los Angeles
Windsor Square is a small and wealthy urban neighborhood in Central Los Angeles, California. Windsor Square is known for its giant mansions, it is diverse in ethnic makeup, with a population older and better-educated than the city norm. Many notable Los Angeles residents and celebrities live in Windsor Square, it is the site of the official residence of the mayor of the city, it is served by a vest-pocket public park. In 2008, the neighborhood had an estimated population of 6,197. According to the 2000 census, Windsor Square was diverse, with the percentage of Asian people being high for the county; the racial breakdown was 41.6% Asian, 37.7% white, 14.8% Latino, 4.3% black, 1.6% other. About a third of the residents were born outside the United States, considered a high ratio for Los Angeles, the most common country being Korea at 57.7%. The median household income was average for both the city and the county, while the percentage of households earning more than $125,000 was high for the county.
The median age was 38, considered old in both the city and the county, the percentages of residents aged 35 to 64 being among the county's highest. The percentages of both widowed men and widowed women were among the county's highest, but the percentage of families headed by single parents was notably small; the percentage of veterans who served during the Vietnam War was among the county's highest. The tree-lined neighborhood, 0.68 mile in area, is sometimes used as background in crime films because of its multimillion-dollar homes and its "film noir-era look." Windsor Square is bounded on the west by Arden Avenue, on the north by Beverly Boulevard, on the east by South Wilton Place and on the south by Wilshire Boulevard. Relation of Windsor Square to nearby places: Windsor Park residents are educated. According to the 2000 census, 46.1% of the residents had a four-year degree, high compared to the city or the county as a whole. There are no schools within the boundaries of Windsor Park. Robert L. Burns Park, on the southwest corner of North Van Ness Avenue and Beverly Boulevard, is an unstaffed pocket park.
Beginning in 1980, resident Barbara McRae, tired of noise, litter and prostitution around the park, began writing letters to city officials, the next year she presented petitions with 2,248 signatures supporting the idea of private security patrols for the city facility. The city responded by building a 12-foot masonry wall and a chain-link fence between the park and neighboring homes. By 1989, criminal activity had spread throughout the surrounding neighborhood, the Windsor Square Property Owners Association requested that the park is closed at sunset and that it be fenced and locked. On December 3, 1990, an $85,000 tubular steel perimeter fence was installed and put into use. Windsor Square is covered by two Los Angeles Police Department jurisdictions, Olympic, at 1130 South Vermont Avenue, Wilshire, at 4861 Venice Boulevard. In December 2014 the neighborhood was stunned when Antonia Yager, 86, was found stabbed to death in her Beachwood Drive home. An active member of the Assistance League of Los Angeles, known as the "great dame" of Larchmont Village, she was the widow of Superior Court Judge Thomas Yager.
They were prominent people who were said to have donated $500,000 for mathematics and science school scholarships. It was the first homicide in the area since 2001; the case was never solved despite the offer of a $150,000 award. Getty House at 605 South Irving Boulevard is the official residence of the Mayor of Los Angeles; the mayors who have lived there include: Eric GarcettiOther notable Windsor Square residents have been: Christian Audigier, fashion designer Chris Brown, singer Norman Chandler, publisher of the Los Angeles Times Harold A. Henry, Los Angeles City Council president Neal McDonough, actor Oliver Morosco, theatrical producer, director and theater owner. Peter and Harold Janss, land developers.•Samantha Goodman screenwriter and prodcucer Map of Windsor Square Windsor Square Association Hancock Park – Windsor Square Historical Society Windsor Square History
Park La Brea, Los Angeles
Park La Brea is a sprawling apartment community in the Miracle Mile District of Los Angeles, California. With 4,255 units located in eighteen 13-story towers and thirty-one 2-story "garden apartment buildings", it is the largest housing development in the U. S. west of the Mississippi River. It sits on 160 acres of land with numerous lawns. Park La Brea is bounded by 3rd Street on the north, Cochran Avenue on the east, 6th Street on the south, Fairfax Avenue on the west; the complex is notable for its octagonal street layout, with many thoroughfares at a 45° angle of displacement relative to the English street grid. After the arrival of the Spanish in the 1780s and the displacement of the area's indigenous population, most of the area, now Park La Brea became part of the Rancho La Brea land grant, remained devoted to agriculture and petroleum production well into the 20th century; the growth of Hollywood and the Miracle Mile made the adjacent areas desirable centers for residential development in the 1920s, but the mid-rise apartment towers that give the district its current name were built between 1944 and 1948.
Park La Brea represents something of a historical anomaly, having been built at a time when most visions of Los Angeles' development were dominated by low-rise tracts of single-family houses along freeway corridors. As the towers are isolated from the rest of the Miracle Mile — set far back from major thoroughfares in a nod to Le Corbusier, they developed a reputation as "the projects", since they are reminiscent of such notorious housing developments as Chicago's Robert Taylor Homes and New York's Queensbridge; the street layout was created in a masonic pattern as a reference to the masonic heritage of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, which built the complex toward the end of World War II and thereafter. Metropolitan Life Insurance constructed a sister complex, Parkmerced in San Francisco, which features a similar street layout as Park La Brea. At the same time, they built Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village in Manhattan, Parkchester in The Bronx, Parkfairfax in Alexandria, Virginia just outside Washington, DC.
The Park La Brea townhouses were designed by Leonard Schultz & Son with associate architect Earl T. Heitschmidt in 1941; the style of the architecture has been described as Modern Colonial. The Park La Brea Towers were designed by Leonard Schultz Associates with consulting architects Stanton + Kaufmann in 1948. Inspired by the innovative housing of Le Corbusier in Paris, this architectural team set out to create innovative multifamily housing, their plans included square-block sized formations of town houses surrounding shared common green space. The combined shared lawn spaces creates both tree-dappled open space; the Landmark Towers, in a revolutionary "X" structure with a unique placement, became icons of the Los Angeles skyline. The ingeniously designed plan ensured. In the 2000s, Park La Brea had become a desirable rental community with its own community center, health club and pool, beauty parlor, drycleaner in addition to its convenient proximity to local museums, Farmers Market, The Grove at Farmers Market shopping complex.
In recent years, additional improvements have been made, such as adding new pools. The complex completed another $8 million renovation in 2010. In 2017, the complex lost a $3.5-million bedbug lawsuit. Residents are zoned to schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Three different elementary schools serve portions of this neighborhood: Carthay Center Elementary School Hancock Park Elementary School Wilshire Crest Elementary SchoolAll of the neighborhood is zoned to John Burroughs Middle School and Fairfax High School. Co-op City Cooperative Village Mitchell Lama Parkchester, Bronx Parkfairfax, Virginia Parkmerced, San Francisco Penn South Riverton Houses Rochdale Village, Queens Stuyvesant Town–Peter Cooper Village Official Park La Brea website Apartmentratings.com: Park La Brea rating Yelp.com: Park La Brea ratings
Beverly Center is a shopping mall in Los Angeles, United States. It is a monolithic eight-story structure located at the edge of Beverly Hills and West Hollywood, between La Cienega and San Vicente boulevards. Anchor tenants include Bloomingdale's and Macy's, a Macy's men's store; the mall's amenities include numerous restrooms, a guest service desk, valet parking, taxi services, escalators that offer visitors views of the Hollywood Hills, Downtown Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Westside. The mall contains a number of retailers, including: Banana Republic, Victoria's Secret, Forever 21, Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton, Uniqlo, Prada, Ferrari Store, Fendi, Jimmy Choo, Montblanc and Hugo Boss; the Beverly Center was opened in 1982 by developers A. Alfred Taubman, Sheldon Gordon, E. Phillip Lyon. (The site's former occupant was a small amusement park known as "Beverly Park and Kiddyland", featuring a Ferris wheel, merry-go-round, mini roller-coaster, a pony ride called "Ponyland". The northeast corner of the mall, at the intersection of Beverly and La Cienega Boulevards, is the geographic center of the city's studio zone.
The mall's unusual shape and lack of street frontage along San Vicente Boulevard are the result of both its position at the intersection of a number of angled streets and its location above the Salt Lake Oil Field. As of 2009 the western portion of the mall property contained a cluster of oil wells in an active drilling enclosure operated by Freeport-McMoRan (formally Plains Exploration & Production; the mall opening featured the debut on July 16, 1982, of a multiplex movie theater containing 14 screens the largest number of movie screens in any US multiplex shopping mall. Though the movie theater was located in Los Angeles, the opening was newsworthy enough to warrant a full article in The New York Times. In the late 1980s, three smaller screens were removed on the main floor, so two larger auditoriums could be built on the roof; the theater portion of the mall was closed altogether on June 3, 2010. The mall contained the USA's first Hard Rock Cafe, the third installment of the restaurant chain, following those in London and Toronto.
This location closed in 2007. The Beverly Center was anchored by Bullock's and The Broadway department stores, in 1993 Bullock's opened a separate Bullock's Men's store, before both stores were renamed Macy's in 1996; the Broadway closed its location in 1996 when it was absorbed into Macy's and its former store was reopened as a Bloomingdale's in 1997. Bed Bath & Beyond operated a store at the Beverly Center until it closed in 2016. In 2004, Taubman Centers, the public Real Estate Investment Trust and successor to A. Alfred Taubman's shopping center interests, purchased its partners minority investments stake in the property; the Beverly Center underwent a renovation from 2006 to 2008 that had stores complaining about a decline of foot traffic. These renovations included reconstructing the escalators visible from the outside. Still, the retailer Calvin Klein opened a new store in the mall in early 2008. A food court operated at the mall until 2014, when it was closed. Uniqlo opened one of its first Southern California locations in the space.
The Beverly Center had many dining options, but most of the restaurants that occupied the street level have closed in the recent years. Grand Lux Cafe closed its only California restaurant in 2013. In 2015, The Capital Grille, which opened in the former Hard Rock Cafe space in 2012, closed. In January 2016, P. F. Chang's shuttered its restaurant at the mall; that year, California Pizza Kitchen closed and Chipotle moved to a new pad at the corner of Beverly Boulevard and Croft Avenue. As part of renovations starting in 2016, the mall aims to bring restaurants back to the empty spaces on the street level. Starting in March 2016, the Center underwent a major renovation that aimed to add a food hall and several new street-level restaurants and a skylight. Renovation costs were given as US$500 million; the new Center will have a perforated steel facade on the outside of the building and an upgraded parking structure which will include technology to help drivers remember where they've parked. A chapter in the 1985 Bret Easton Ellis novel Less Than Zero is set in The Beverly Center.
The Beverly Center was the setting of the 1991 film Scenes from a Mall starring Bette Midler and Woody Allen. The movie's interior mall scenes were filmed between the Beverly Center and Stamford Town Center in Connecticut, another Taubman mall; the Beverly Center played a part of the plot near the end of the 1997 disaster thriller Volcano starring Tommy Lee Jones and Anne Heche. A triage and childcare center for neighboring Cedars-Sinai Medical Center was set up in the mall's Hard Rock Cafe; this was evacuated when a geyser of lava erupted out of San Vicente Boulevard, threatening the structure and its occupants. The Beverly Center was shown in the 1997 film Selena, where Selena and her friend went shopping at an upscale store in the mall before Selena attended the Grammy Awards. On May 18, 2009, rap artist Dolla was fatally shot at the Beverly Center. In the film Eraserhead, industrial wasteland scenes were shot at the present location of the Beverly Center. Prior to its current state of development, the site was an oil field.
The Beverly Center was the setting in the animated series Totally Spies!, is shown from the first three seasons until was destroyed in the episode "Head Shrinker Much?" and was replaced by The Groove in the fourth season. Zev Yaroslavsky, Los Angeles City Council member who voted in favor of building the Beverly Center Studio zone—The Beverly Center is located at the