Third Street Promenade

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Third Street Promenade
Santa Monica – Third Street Promenade (a) 06 Sept 2017.jpg
A picture taken in the heart of the Promenade
LocationSanta Monica, California, USA
Opening date1965
DeveloperThe Hahn Company and The Rouse Company
ManagementDowntown Santa Monica, Inc.
OwnerMultiple owners, including Federal Realty Investment Trust[1], KLM Equities.[2]
WebsiteThird Street Promenade and Downtown Santa Monica

The Third Street Promenade is an upscale pedestrian mall shopping, dining and entertainment complex in the downtown area of Santa Monica, California. It is considered a premier shopping and dining district on the Westside and draws crowds from all over the Greater Los Angeles Area. Due to easy access to Downtown Los Angeles via the Expo Line's terminus station[3], its proximity to historic Santa Monica Pier and the Pacific Ocean coupled with Los Angeles's mild climate, it is also a popular tourist destination.


Third Street has been a center of business in Santa Monica since the town's inception in the late 19th century; the Promenade's roots date back to the 1960s when three blocks of Third Street were converted into a pedestrian mall. Although successful, by the late 1970s, the Santa Monica Mall (as it was then called), was in need of modernization and a redesign. A new enclosed shopping center, Santa Monica Place (1980–2007), designed by Frank Gehry was added at the Promenade's southern end. A citywide bond measure was issued and architectural firm ROMA Design Group was hired to redesign Santa Monica Mall; the renamed Third Street Promenade opened on September 16, 1989.[4] The project was part of a larger redevelopment effort, encompassing several blocks of Downtown Santa Monica. Santa Monica Place has since been renovated into a new open-air shopping and dining venue that re-opened on August 6, 2010.[citation needed]

Although wildly successful[citation needed], many long-time local residents of Santa Monica have mixed feelings about the Third Street Promenade, particularly about the homogenized stores and restaurants and the loss of the distinct personality and individuality provided by such independent stores as the Midnight Special Bookstore, present in the original mall.[citation needed] This "clone" aspect makes Third Street Promenade almost indistinguishable from any other outdoor plaza in the Los Angeles area (such as Americana at Brand, Old Pasadena, or Universal CityWalk). Other points of contention for locals center on the increased traffic along Santa Monica Blvd, Wilshire Blvd. and Arizona Avenue, and over-crowded parking structures. Parking appears to be a continuous issue for the residents and visitors of the Third Street Promenade. Startups such as ParkMe.Inc (a Santa Monica-based technology startup) have launched services to ease this ever-present problem.[citation needed]

The Third Street Promenade has seen a drastic decrease in local businesses in favor of big chains.[citation needed] Larger tenants include Anthropologie, H&M, Urban Outfitters, a three-story Gap, Forever 21, Abercrombie and Fitch, Sephora, Armani Exchange, LUSH Cosmetics, Guess?, Apple, Quiksilver, American Eagle Outfitters and Old Navy. It boasts several theatres, including Mann Theatres, AMC Theatres, and Loews Theatres. Third Street Promenade also hosts the largest and oldest certified organic farmers' market each Wednesday and Saturday on Arizona Ave. between 2nd and 4th streets.

Street performers and entertainers are a frequent sight on the street. On a typical Saturday night in the summer, singer-songwriters, classical guitar players, magicians, clowns, hip-hop dancers, lounge singers, session drummers, and other artists line up approximately 40 feet (12 m) to 50 feet (15 m) apart from each other all along Third Street.

The Third Street Promenade and Downtown Santa Monica are overseen by Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. (formerly Bayside District Corporation), a private non-profit 501(c)(3) that works with the City of Santa Monica to manage services and operations in Downtown Santa Monica that promote economic stability, growth and community life within Downtown Santa Monica.

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  1. ^ "Federal Realty Investment Trust Property Porfolio: Third Street Promenade".
  2. ^ "KLM Equities Property Porfolio: Overview".
  3. ^ "Expo Line:Phase 2:Overview". Archived from the original on 12 August 2011. Retrieved 2011-03-31.
  4. ^ "Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade: the failure and resurgence of a downtown pedestrian mall".

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Coordinates: 34°00′56″N 118°29′46″W / 34.0156°N 118.4961°W / 34.0156; -118.4961