Hollywood is an ethnically diverse, densely populated neighborhood in the central region of Los Angeles, California. It is notable as the home of the U. S. film industry, including several of its studios, and its name has come to be a shorthand reference for the industry. Hollywood was a community in 1870 and was incorporated as a municipality in 1903. It was consolidated with the city of Los Angeles in 1910, in 1853, one adobe hut stood in Nopalera, named for the Mexican Nopal cactus indigenous to the area. By 1870, an agricultural community flourished, the area was known as the Cahuenga Valley, after the pass in the Santa Monica Mountains immediately to the north. According to the diary of H. J. Whitley, known as the Father of Hollywood, along came a Chinese man in a wagon carrying wood. The man got out of the wagon and bowed, the Chinese man was asked what he was doing and replied, I holly-wood, meaning hauling wood. H. J. Whitley had an epiphany and decided to name his new town Hollywood, Holly would represent England and wood would represent his Scottish heritage.
Whitley had already started over 100 towns across the western United States, Whitley arranged to buy the 500-acre E. C. Hurd ranch and disclosed to him his plans for the land. They agreed on a price and Hurd agreed to sell at a date, before Whitley got off the ground with Hollywood, plans for the new town had spread to General Harrison Gray Otis, Hurds wife, eastern adjacent ranch co-owner Daeida Wilcox, and others. Daeida Wilcox may have learned of the name Hollywood from Ivar Weid, her neighbor in Holly Canyon and she recommended the same name to her husband, Harvey. In August 1887, Wilcox filed with the Los Angeles County Recorders office a deed and parcel map of property he had sold named Hollywood, Wilcox wanted to be the first to record it on a deed. The early real-estate boom busted that year, yet Hollywood began its slow growth. By 1900, the region had a post office, hotel, Los Angeles, with a population of 102,479 lay 10 miles east through the vineyards, barley fields, and citrus groves.
A single-track streetcar line ran down the middle of Prospect Avenue from it, but service was infrequent, the old citrus fruit-packing house was converted into a livery stable, improving transportation for the inhabitants of Hollywood. The Hollywood Hotel was opened in 1902 by H. J. Whitley who was a president of the Los Pacific Boulevard, having finally acquired the Hurd ranch and subdivided it, Whitley built the hotel to attract land buyers. Flanking the west side of Highland Avenue, the structure fronted on Prospect Avenue, the hotel was to become internationally known and was the center of the civic and social life and home of the stars for many years. Whitleys company developed and sold one of the residential areas
Heritage Square Museum
The living history museum shows the story of development in Southern California through historical architectural examples. The museum focuses on interpreting the years 1850 to 1950, a century of unprecedented growth in Los Angeles, volunteer interpreters give thorough tours that incorporate the history and culture of the region. Other specialized living history events and items of historical interest are given on a periodic basis, during the rapid urban expansion of the 1960s, Victorian buildings in Los Angeles were being demolished at an alarming rate. The Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument program, established in 1961, could evaluate properties and list-register them, in 1969, at the request of the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission, a group of concerned citizens established the Cultural Heritage Foundation to counteract this destruction. Eight historic buildings, and a train car and a trolley car, were stopped from demolition. They include, The Mount Pleasant House was built in 1876 by prominent businessman, designed by renowned architect E. F.
Kysor, the home contains detailing to convey the wealth and social status of the family. These elements include Corinthian columns, fine hardwood floors, a main staircase. It was built in the neighborhood of Boyle Heights. The Perrys Mount Pleasant House was considered the finest and most expensive residence to arrive in mid-1870s Los Angeles. The outward sweep of the stairway, the sculpted brackets under the eaves, the slanted bay windows. In 1975, the house was moved from 1315 Mount Pleasant Street to the museum grounds, Palms Depot The Palms Depot was built c.1875 for the Los Angeles and Independence Railroad, and was absorbed into the Pacific Electric Railway in 1911. It continued to service until 1953. The Palms Depot was declared a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1963, one of only about 500 octagonal buildings remaining in the United States, the octagon house has a unique story. The type is based on the mid-19th century ideas of Orson Squire Fowler, the builders of octagonal structures believed that, windows on eight sides gave more light and better air circulation, and that they were easier and less expensive to construct.
Fowlers architectural ideas were popular in the East through the 1850s, after the Civil War interest waned in the octagonal style. This octagon house is unusual being built later, in 1893 and it was built by Gilbert Longfellow at 3800 Homer Street, L. A. It was declared a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument, and was moved to the museum grounds, the Ford House was built in 1887 as part of a large tract of simple middle-class homes in downtown Los Angeles built by the Beaudry Brothers. The home is particularly interesting because of its inhabitant – John J. Ford, fords works include carvings for the California State Capitol, the Iolani Palace in Hawaii, and Leland Stanfords private railroad car
A cereal is any grass cultivated for the edible components of its grain, composed of the endosperm and bran. Cereal grains are grown in quantities and provide more food energy worldwide than any other type of crop and are therefore staple crops. Edible grains from plant families, such as buckwheat, quinoa. In their natural form, cereals are a source of vitamins, carbohydrates, oils. When refined by the removal of the bran and germ, the endosperm is mostly carbohydrate. In some developing nations, grain in the form of rice, millet, in developed nations, cereal consumption is moderate and varied but still substantial. The word cereal is derived from Ceres, the Roman goddess of harvest, agriculture allowed for the support of an increased population, leading to larger societies and eventually the development of cities. It created the need for organization of political power, as decisions had to be made regarding labor and harvest allocation and access rights to water. Agriculture bred immobility, as populations settled down for long periods of time, early Neolithic villages show evidence of the development of processing grain.
The Levant is the ancient home of the ancestors of wheat and peas, there is evidence of the cultivation of figs in the Jordan Valley as long as 11,300 years ago, and cereal production in Syria approximately 9,000 years ago. During the same period, farmers in China began to farm rice and millet, using man-made floods, fiber crops were domesticated as early as food crops, with China domesticating hemp, cotton being developed independently in Africa and South America, and Western Asia domesticating flax. The first cereal grains were domesticated by early primitive humans, about 8,000 years ago, they were domesticated by ancient farming communities in the Fertile Crescent region. Emmer wheat, einkorn wheat, and barley were three of the so-called Neolithic founder crops in the development of agriculture, around the same time and rices were starting to become domesticated in East Asia. Sorghum and millets were being domesticated in sub-Saharan West Africa, while each individual species has its own peculiarities, the cultivation of all cereal crops is similar.
Most are annual plants, consequently one planting yields one harvest, rye, oats and spelt are the cool-season cereals. These are hardy plants grow well in moderate weather and cease to grow in hot weather. The warm-season cereals are tender and prefer hot weather and rye are the hardiest cereals, able to overwinter in the subarctic and Siberia. Many cool-season cereals are grown in the tropics, some are only grown in cooler highlands, where it may be possible to grow multiple crops per year
It was located within sight of both CBS Television City on the southeast corner of Beverly and Fairfax Avenue and the Farmers Market on the northeast corner of Third Street and Fairfax. For over 35 years it was the location for indoor public events in Los Angeles. The facility was closed in 1972, beginning 17 years of steady neglect, in 1978 the Pan-Pacific Auditorium was included in the National Register of Historic Places, but 11 years the sprawling wooden structure was destroyed in a fire. The widely known and much photographed facade belied a modest rectilinear wooden structure resembling an overgrown gymnasium inside, the auditorium sprawled across 100,000 square feet and had seating for up to 6,000. During the 1940s it was used for audience-attended national radio broadcasts, at its height, most major indoor events in Los Angeles were held at the Pan-Pacific. Leopold Stokowski conducted there in 1936, 1950s actress Jeanne Crain was crowned Miss Pan Pacific there in the early 1940s, General Dwight D.
The building carried on as Los Angeles primary indoor venue until the 1972 opening of the much larger Los Angeles Convention Center, after which the Pan-Pacific Auditorium was closed. There were hopes throughout the surrounding Fairfax District towards refurbishing the Pan-Pacific, possibly as an ice rink or cultural center, the building was neglected for many years and damaged by small fires started by transients. In 1975, the Pan-Pacific made an appearance as the entrance to the NBC Studios in Hollywood for the movie Funny Lady. Interest in the building was rekindled somewhat with its 1978 inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places and it appears at the beginning of the 1980 music video for the Barnes & Barnes song Fish Heads. Black-and-white film footage of a man with a jet flying from left to right in front of the facade was used in the video for the 1981 Devo single. Its final appearance was in the 1988 movie Miracle Mile, the auditorium continued to deteriorate throughout the 1980s, mostly owing to neglect. A large loading door on the southeast corner was forced open.
A fire in May 1983 damaged the northern end, on the evening of May 24,1989, the Pan-Pacific Auditorium was destroyed by a fire, the smoke from which was visible throughout the Los Angeles basin. The site is now Pan-Pacific Park and has a center, with a scaled-down replica of one of the famous towers. The facade of the building was used in the motion picture Xanadu, through special effects, the building is transformed to outshine the building in its heyday. The Producers 1982 music video She Sheila was partly filmed in front of the facade, in the interior shots, the columns with angled knee bracing and the distinctive arched bowstring trusses are briefly visible. Disney California Adventure Park, at the Disneyland Resort, opened new entrance gates in the style of the Pan-Pacifics facade on July 15,2011
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
Overall administration is by the National Park Service, coordinating with state, county and university agencies. The Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area preserves one of the best examples of a Mediterranean climate ecosystem in the world and it protects one of the highest densities of archaeological resources in any mountain range in the world. The Santa Monica Mountains NRA contains 156,671 acres in the Santa Monica Mountains of the Transverse Ranges between the Pacific Ocean and inland valleys and its southeastern slopes are part of the headwaters of the Los Angeles River. In size the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is the largest urban park in the United States. Besides geologic forces, people who inhabited the area in the past have been ones to affect the land, there were different reasons for people to come into the area. Some came to live and others to work the land, the first groups to live in the mountains were the Native American tribes called the Chumash and the Tongva who lived here for thousands of years.
Then came the Spanish Explorers and Homesteaders from other areas of the country, the Homesteaders brought new ideas and cultures that shaped the landscape and mindset of the area, and California overall. Up to this day, people continue to live, places such as Paramount Ranch, Solstice Canyon, and Rancho Sierra Vista/ Satwiwa still have that history that has been left behind by people in the past. The past stories from people are discovered through photographs, letters. Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area strives to make sure the collections, the first area in the Santa Monica Mountains set aside for public use was Griffith Park which was donated to the city of Los Angeles by Griffith J. Griffith in 1896. During the first decade of the century, Frederick H. Rindge made several attempts to create a forest reserve in the Santa Monica Mountains. These reserves were precursors to national forests, in 1902 California’s State Mining Bureau examined the area being considered for the establishment of a forest reserve.
The resulting report was sent to Washington where the proposal for a reserve was denied, in 1907 an application was submitted to the Secretary of the Interior requesting that at least 70,000 acres in the mountains be designated a forest reserve. This time state mineralogist Lewis E. Aubury opposed the venture and he wrote the L. A. C. and endeavor to ascertain his views on the subject, and further protest against the creation of this proposed reserve”. Days the U. S. Limestone deposits were discovered in the mountains behind Pacific Palisades in 1925 which led to a battle between wealthy home owners of the area and land developers. The quarry site was in Traylor Canyon, three miles inland from the sea, between Santa Ynez and Temescal Canyons. Alphonzo Bell, Sr. was the real estate developer behind the scheme while local opposition was led by Sylvia Morrison. After much criticism of his plan, Bell offered a new proposal
Hancock Park is a city park in the Miracle Mile section of the Mid-Wilshire district, Los Angeles, California. The parks destinations include, the La Brea Tar Pits, the adjacent George C, Page Museum of La Brea Discoveries, which displays the fossils of Ice Age prehistoric mammals from the tar pits, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art−LACMA complex. They are among the most popular tourist attractions in Los Angeles, the park has urban open spaces and landscaped areas for walking and other recreation. Located on Wilshire Boulevard just east of Fairfax Avenue, it extends across a city block. The landmark Park La Brea complex is across 6th Street on the north, the park is not within the Hancock Park neighborhood, which is approximately 1 mile to the northeast. Hancock Park is the location of the La Brea Tar Pits, Page Museum of La Brea Discoveries overseen by the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art campus of buildings and sculpture gardens.
The 1952 Mid-century modern style Observation Pit in the park, a repository for large Ice Age fossils from throughout the tar pit area and it is part of the Page Museum’s new Excavator Tour. The skeleton of a near-complete Columbian mammoth was among the discoveries there. The Pleistocene Garden recreates the original prehistoric landscape habitats in the Hancock Park area, the plant list was created from 35 years of research in the Pit 91 fossil excavation. It represents four ecoregions, Coastal sage scrub, Deep Canyon California oak woodlands, the park is named for its benefactor, George Hancock, a California petroleum industry pioneer, who recognized the scientific importance of the fossils found in the asphaltic deposits. He inherited the 3, 000-acre Rancho La Brea in 1883 that included the La Brea tar pits, until 1875, bones found in the asphalt deposits were considered remains of domestic stock and native mammals of the region. In that year scientist William Denton published the first mention of the occurrence of extinct fauna at Rancho La Brea and it was not until 1901 that the bones on the Hancock Ranch were thoroughly studied by William Warren Orcutt, a prominent Los Angeles geologist and petroleum pioneer.
Who examined bones he personally collected, Orcutt eventually donated his fossil collection to John Campbell Merriam of the University of California. The park is registered as California Historical Landmark #170, the La Brea Tar Pits are a designated U. S. National Natural Landmark. List of fossil species in the La Brea Tar Pits California Historical Landmarks in Los Angeles County, ranchos of Los Angeles County, California — Spanish & Mexican land grant ranchos. Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits in Hancock Park website Arcadia Publishing, Historical Photos & Images of Los Angeless La Brea Tar Pits and Hancock Park
Los Angeles, officially the City of Los Angeles and often known by its initials L. A. is the cultural and commercial center of Southern California. With a census-estimated 2015 population of 3,971,883, it is the second-most populous city in the United States, Los Angeles is the seat of Los Angeles County, the most populated county in the United States. The citys inhabitants are referred to as Angelenos, historically 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, thereby becoming part of the United States. Los Angeles was incorporated as a municipality on April 4,1850, 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, nicknamed the City of Angels, Los Angeles is known for its Mediterranean climate, ethnic diversity, and sprawling metropolis. Los Angeles has an economy in culture, fashion, sports, education, medicine. A global city, it has been ranked 6th in the Global Cities Index, the city is home to renowned institutions covering a broad range of professional and cultural fields, and is one of the most substantial economic engines within the United States. The Los Angeles combined statistical area has a gross metropolitan product of $831 billion, making it the third-largest in the world, after the Greater Tokyo and New York metropolitan areas. The city has hosted the Summer Olympic Games in 1932 and 1984 and is bidding to host the 2024 Summer Olympics and thus become the second city after London to have hosted the Games three times. The Los Angeles area hosted the 1994 FIFA mens World Cup final match as well as the 1999 FIFA womens World Cup final match, the mens event was watched on television by over 700 million people worldwide.
The Los Angeles coastal area was first settled by the Tongva, a Gabrielino settlement in the area was called iyáangẚ, meaning poison oak place. 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. The Queen of the Angels is an honorific of the Virgin Mary, two-thirds of the settlers were mestizo or mulatto with a mixture of African and European ancestry. The settlement remained a small town for decades, but by 1820. Today, the pueblo is commemorated in the district of Los Angeles Pueblo Plaza and Olvera Street. New Spain achieved its independence from the Spanish Empire in 1821, during Mexican rule, Governor Pío Pico made Los Angeles Alta Californias regional capital
Runyon Canyon Park
Runyon Canyon Park is a 160-acre park in Los Angeles, California, at the eastern end of the Santa Monica Mountains, managed by the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. The southern entrance to the park is located at the end of Fuller Avenue in Hollywood. The northern entrance is off the 7300 block of Mulholland Drive, the highest point in the park at an elevation of 1,320 ft is known as Indian Rock. Because of its proximity to areas of Hollywood and the Hollywood Hills. The park is noted for having a fairly liberal dog policy. Runyon Canyon Park was purchased in 1984 from its last private owners, Adad Development, for use as a city park by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and the City of Los Angeles. No Mans Canyon was the English name given to the gorge which lies above Franklin at Fuller Avenue and it is reputed to have been a seasonal campsite for local Gabrielino/Tongva Indians, who hunted in the area known to them as the Nopalera. In 1867, Greek George Caralambo, AKA Allen, received the 160-acre parcel by federal patent in appreciation for his service in the US Army Camel Corps, Allen became famous by association when the bandit Tiburcio Vasquez was captured while hiding out at his home in 1874.
Alfredo Solano, a prominent civil engineer, civic leader, symphony patron and one of the founders of the Los Angeles Athletic Club, Solano held the canyon as an investment before his widow, Ella Brooks Solano, sold the majority of the land to Carman Runyon in 1919. Runyon, having retired from a successful coal business in the East. The marriage failed and Runyon moved to Hollywood where he met, the new Mrs. Runyon was an accomplished horsewoman and the Runyons purchased the canyon to use for riding and hunting. They built a bungalow near the Fuller Avenue entrance. Runyon lent his name to the canyon, the road and Carman Crest Drive before he sold the estate in 1930 to John McCormack, McCormack had fallen in love with the estate whilst filming Song O My Heart there in 1929. The film was a talkie and McCormacks salary for the picture went to purchase the property and build the mansion he called San Patrizio. He and his wife lived in the mansion until they returned to England in 1938, remains of terraced gardens and buildings can still be seen below the Vista gates.
McCormack toured frequently and in his absence the mansion was rented out to such celebrities as Janet Gaynor. The McCormacks made many friends in Hollywood, among them Errol Flynn, Will Rogers, John Barrymore, Basil Rathbone, C. E. Toberman and the Dohenys. After his farewell tour of America in 1937, the McCormacks deeded the estate back to Carman Runyon, world War II intervened, and, McCormacks health was broken by a wartime concert tour
Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden
The Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden is a 7-acre botanical garden located on the southeastern corner of the University of California, Los Angeles campus, United States. It is named after Dr. Mildred Esther Mathias Hassler, a noted American botanist and it was funded in part by the California State Relief Administration, created by newly elected Governor Frank Merriam in 1933 to provide jobs through municipal work projects. The gardens first manager, George C, started with horticultural donations from the United States Department of Agriculture and the Huntington Botanical Gardens, among others. By 1947 the garden hosted approximately 1,500 different species and varieties of plants, in the 1960s, garden director Mildred E. Mathias, who oversaw the garden from 1956–74, helped to develop it into the university garden and opened it for public tours. The nest, a small amphitheater designed and built by the staff and volunteers out of Northern Californian incense cedar and boulders shipped from Duarte.
Because the garden is frost-free it can accommodate tropical and sub-tropical plants, including collections of ferns, eucalyptus. The eucalyptus and figs were brought to the garden during its early years, plants are arranged by geographic, taxonomic or cultural needs to demonstrate to students and visitors how specimens are related to one another. They are organized by themes, including plants, aquatic plants, Mediterranean-climate shrubs. List of botanical gardens in the United States California native plants The Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden - Official website
Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area
Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, or Hahn Park, is a state park unit of California in the Baldwin Hills Mountains of Los Angeles. The park is managed by the Los Angeles County Department of Parks, as one of the largest urban parks and regional open spaces in the Greater Los Angeles Area, many have call it L. A. s Central Park. The 401-acre park was established in 1984, the Baldwin Hills were part of the homeland of the Tongva people, inhabited by them for over 8,000 years. As Los Angeles quickly grew during the 20th century, only the rugged terrain of this section of the Baldwin Hills protected it from being developed. In 1932 the area east of the park was used as the site of the first Olympic Village ever built, for the 1932 Summer Olympics in the 10th Olympiad, Los Angeles hosted the 1984 Summer Olympics, drawing athletes from 140 nations. Between 1947 and 1951 the Baldwin Hills Reservoir was built in the hills on the park site. In 1963 the reservoirs dam collapsed disastrously, washing away residences in the canyon, the news coverage of the disaster was the first time aerial footage was televised live.
The reservoirs empty bowl is still visible, in 1977 Los Angeles County Supervisor Kenneth Hahn convinced Vice President Walter Mondale to reuse the land, from former oil-drilling sites, for a public open space park. At the time the area was a popular spot for the new sport of motocross. Land was acquired for the park, and now includes land of the Ballona Creek watershed that is a corridor from the hills. Humans can traverse this on the Ballona Creek bicycle path, the Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area first opened in 1983 as the Baldwin Hills State Recreational Area, and was renamed in 1988 to honor Supervisor Hahn and his preservation efforts there. Also since its opening the park has expanded, as some of the adjacent oil wells have dried up. The park has four playgrounds, a basketball court, a lit multi-purpose field. Garden areas include a Japanese garden with a stream and waterfall, there is a fishing lake, stocked monthly with trout or catfish, depending on the season. Since 2004, the park, primarily the bowl, has been the site of the Southern California USATF Cross Country Championships.
The parks native habitat is the Coastal sage scrub plant community, with oak woodlands in northern arroyos and bunch grasslands on the southwestern windy. The park is home to gray foxes, skunks, desert cottontail rabbits, opossums. The Baldwin Hills area is the grounds for 41 species of birds
Campo de Cahuenga
Frémont and General Andrés Pico in 1847, ending hostilities in California between Mexico and the United States. The subsequent Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo of 1848, ceding California, parts of Colorado, New Mexico, from 1858 to 1861 the Campo de Cahuenga became a Butterfield Stage Station. The original adobe structure was demolished in 1900, President of the San Fernando Valley Historical Society, and dedicated on November 2,1950. It is now a park and interpretive center managed by the City of Los Angeless Department of Recreation, Campo de Cahuenga is registered on the National Register of Historic Places, as California Historical Landmark No. 151, and as Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument No.29, the foundations of the original adobe were unearthed beneath Lankershim Boulevard during construction of the Metro Red Line subway. The parts of the foundations within the park are preserved as an exhibit, Campo de Cahuenga is often confused with the nearby Rancho Cahuenga, an inholding within the Rancho Providencia land grant, now part of Burbank.
The building is used by organizations for special programs and regular meetings
Wilshire Boulevard is one of the principal east-west arterial roads in Los Angeles, California. This road was used by Spanish explorers and settlers, calling it El Camino Viejo. The route that ultimately became Wilshire crossed the original pueblo of Los Angeles and five of the original Spanish land grants, Wilshire was pieced together from various streets over several decades. It began in the 1870s as Nevada Avenue in Santa Monica and Orange were renamed as parts of Wilshire. The boulevard was named for Henry Gaylord Wilshire, an Ohio native who made and lost fortunes in real estate, 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, aon Center, at one point Los Angeles largest tower, is at 707 Wilshire Boulevard in downtown Los Angeles. The Wilshire Boulevard home of J. Paul Getty was used as the filmset for the 1950 film Sunset Boulevard, 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 and this section is known as the Wilshire Corridor and Condo Canyon. The Wilshire Corridor, located next to Century City, is one of Los Angeles busiest districts, the Fox and MGM studios are located in a series of skyscrapers, along with many historic Los Angeles hotels. Wilshire Blvd is the street of Los Angeles Koreatown. Koreatown and Mid Wilshire are among Los Angeless densest districts, the construction of the future Purple Line Extension Section 1 commenced in November 2014. The phase two and three of the Purple Line, when completed, will extend to Westwood/VA Hospital. Phase four to Santa Monica Beach are still in the planning stages, Metro Local Line 20, Metro Rapid Line 720, and Santa Monica Transit Line 2 operate along Wilshire Boulevard.
Due to the ridership of line 720, 60-foot NABI articulated buses are used on this route. All of the boulevard is at least four lanes in width, the widest portion is in the business district of central Westwood, where mobs of pedestrians crossing Wilshire at Westwood Boulevard must traverse ten lanes. According to a 1991 study by the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, the boulevards 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, 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 into downtown Los Angeles