Santa Monica Blvd.


Shortly after the turn of the twentieth Century, Santa Monica Boulevard was one of the main street car routes for those wishing to travel from downtown Los Angeles to Santa Monica. That portion of Santa Monica Boulevard that runs within the boundaries of Hollywood has played an important role in Hollywoods's history. Not only was it a main thoroughfare, but had, and has today, very diverse types of businesses that line the street. Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Samuel Goldwyn Studios, Formosa Cafe, Sears and Roebuck are just a few of the thousands of properties that are on Santa Monica Blvd. Today, this street is the main shopping area of West Hollywood. The route travels east and west and goes from the city of Santa Monica (on the west) to Sunset Boulevard (on the east). Santa Monica Boulevard starts at Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica. From there until Sepulveda Avenue, Santa Monica Boulevard is a densely urban commercial street. Most of the Westside car dealerships are located on Santa Monica Boulevard. After Sepulveda, Santa Monica Boulevard passes by Century City and its shopping center, and intersects with Wilshire in Beverly Hills. After intersecting with Wilshire in Beverly Hills, Santa Monica Boulevard continues northeast towards West Hollywood, spanning Beverly Boulevard and Melrose Avenue. At Holloway Drive, in the middle of West Hollywood, Santa Monica, now north of Melrose Avenue turns to run east. In West Hollywood, between Fairfax Avenue and Doheny Drive along Santa Monica Boulevard, bronze name plaques are embedded in the sidewalks as part of the West Hollywood Memorial Park. In the 1970s, one of the most famous spots for male prostitution and transgender prostitution is Santa Monica Boulevard in the Hollywood area, the area along Santa Monica Boulevard east of La Brea Avenue. SR 2 continues east through Hollywood on Santa Monica Boulevard to the Hollywood Freeway. Santa Monica Boulevard merges on its eastern end with Sunset Boulevard in the Sunset Junction neighborhood of Silver Lake. The south roadway of Santa Monica Boulevard, often called Little Santa Monica Boulevard in Beverly Hills, runs parallel to the State-highway (north) roadway of Santa Monica Boulevard from the city's west limit to Rexford Drive. After Rexford Drive, Little Santa Monica turns east, becoming Burton Way. Burton Way merges into San Vicente Boulevard at its intersection with La Cienega Avenue. It is noted that the south roadway of Santa Monica Boulevard in Beverly Hills is a city street while the north roadway of Santa Monica Boulevard is a California state highway, each roadway handling bi-directional traffic.

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Santa Monica Blvd.
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Santa Monica Blvd. near Western Ave.
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1904
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Santa Monica Blvd at Palm Ave
Santa Monica Blvd.Santa Monica Blvd.
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1896
Santa Monica Blvd.Santa Monica Blvd. near Western Ave.
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1902
Santa Monica Blvd.1904
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Santa Monica Blvd. near Gower St.
Santa Monica Blvd.Santa Monica Blvd at Palm Ave
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1905
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Santa Monica Blvd., near Cahuenga Ave
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Looking west on Santa Monica Blvd. from Gower Ave.
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Santa Monica Blvd. near Fairfax Ave
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Looking west on Santa Monica Blvd. from Gower Ave.
Santa Monica Blvd.Santa Monica Blvd., near Cahuenga Ave
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1905
Santa Monica Blvd.Looking west on Santa Monica Blvd. from Gower Ave.
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1906
Santa Monica Blvd.Santa Monica Blvd. near Fairfax Ave
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1922
Santa Monica Blvd.Looking west on Santa Monica Blvd. from Gower Ave.
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1929
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Santa Monica Blvd. & Citrus Ave.
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Santa Monica Blvd. & Gower Ave
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Looking NE at Santa Monica Blvd. and La Brea Ave.
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Santa Monica Blvd. & Western Ave.
Santa Monica Blvd.Santa Monica Blvd. & Citrus Ave.
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1929
Santa Monica Blvd.Santa Monica Blvd. & Gower Ave
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1937
Santa Monica Blvd.Looking NE at Santa Monica Blvd. and La Brea Ave.
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1971
Santa Monica Blvd.Santa Monica Blvd. & Western Ave.
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1971