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A Streetscape Legacy — Exploring Historic Route 66 in West Hollywood

Incorporated in 1984, West Hollywood is a 1.9 square mile city of approximately 35,000 residents, and is located in the heart of the Los Angeles region, surrounded by the Cities of Los Angeles and Beverly Hills. Join us as we walk and ride down Santa Monica Boulevard, a 2.8 mile corridor through West Hollywood. Santa Monica Boulevard, part of legendary Route 66, used to have railroad tracks in the middle of the street, non-landscaped medians and utility wires hanging over it. The city took control of the state-owned boulevard from the California DOT in 1999 and removed the tracks, buried the utility lines and planted 1,200 trees along the street and in the medians.

This iconic boulevard has become a true symbol of the West Hollywood community— it is home to rainbow flags alongside the American flag, Jewish grocery stores and delis catering to the city’s Russian-speaking community and a dynamic streetscape that connects it all together. Join us as we walk the vibrant Russian community on the Eastside and bike through the colorful gay and lesbian nightlife scene on the Westside. Learn about the streetscape improvements that have been implemented over the last decade and future plans for light-rail – stitching the boulevard together through both bicycle and pedestrian friendly enhancements.


Tara Worden, Assistant Planner, Long Range Planning Division, City of West Hollywood


Walter Davis, Neighborhood Traffic Management Program Specialist
Rebecca Ehemann, Public Art Coordinator
Coby Wagman, Parking Operations Supervisor
Christina Sarkees, Senior Project Management Supervisor
Rachel Dimond, Senior Planner