Century City, Los Angeles

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Century City
Neighborhood of Los Angeles
Century City on January 25, 2009
Century City on January 25, 2009
Century City is located in Los Angeles
Century City
Century City
Location within Western Los Angeles
Coordinates: 34°03′20″N 118°25′01″W / 34.05556°N 118.41694°W / 34.05556; -118.41694

Century City is a 176-acre (712,000-m2) commercial and residential district in the West Los Angeles region of Los Angeles County, California.[1]

The neighborhood was developed on property used by 20th Century Fox for making motion pictures, and its first building was opened in 1963. There are two private but no public schools in the neighborhood. Important to the economy are a shopping center, business towers, and Fox Studios.

There are 5,900+ residents, composed of a large percentage of whites, older-aged, high-income population and high attainment in education compared to the rest of the city .

Geography[edit]

According to the Mapping L.A. project of the Los Angeles Times, Century City is bordered on the northeast and east by Beverly Hills, on the southeast and south by Cheviot Hills, on the southwest and west by West Los Angeles and on the northwest by Westwood.[2]

History[edit]

Avenue of the Stars, 1978

Once a backlot of 20th Century Fox, which still has its headquarters just to the southwest, the Fox studio commissioned a master-plan development from Welton Becket Associates, which was unveiled at a major press event on the "western" backlot in 1957. In 1961, after Fox suffered a string of expensive flops, culminating with the financial strain put on the studio by the very expensive production of Cleopatra, the film studio sold about 180 acres (0.73 km2) to developer William Zeckendorf and Aluminum Co. of America, also known as Alcoa. The new owners conceived Century City as "a city within a city".[3] In 1963, the first building, Century City Gateway West, was complete, followed the next year by Minoru Yamasaki's Century Plaza Hotel.

Population[edit]

Aerial view of Century City; Fox Studios occupies the lower left quadrant
Century City skyline as seen from Runyon Canyon Park. Feb. 19, 2006

The 2000 U.S. census counted 5,513 residents in the 0.70-square-mile Century City neighborhood—or 7,869 people per square mile, an average population density for the city. The Southern California Association of Governments estimates that the daytime population amounts to 48,343 on a working day. In 2008, the city estimated that the resident population had increased to 5,934.[4]

In 2008, the median age for residents was 46, older than average for the city and the county. The percentage of residents aged 65 and older (26.4%) was the highest for any neighborhood in Los Angeles County. The percentages of widowed men and women and of divorced men were among the county's highest. Military veterans accounted for 11.9% of the population, a high rate for the city and the county.[4][5]

The neighborhood was considered "not especially diverse" ethnically, with a high percentage of white residents. The breakdown was whites, 82.5%; Asians, 8.6%;Latinos, 4.4%; blacks, 1.4%; and others, 3,0%. Iran (21.2%) and Canada (6.1%) were the most common places of birth for the 25.5% of the residents who were born abroad—a low percentage, compared to the city at large.[4]

The median yearly household income in 2008 dollars was $95,195, a high figure for Los Angeles. The percentage of households that earned $125,000 and up was high for Los Angeles County. The average household size of 1.8 people was low for Los Angeles. Renters occupied 39.6% of the housing stock and apartment owners held 60.4%.[4]

Economy[edit]

Constellation Place (formerly the MGM Tower)

The Century City Shopping Mall and Fox Studios occupy important acreage in the neighborhood.

One tower, Constellation Place (formerly the MGM Tower),[6] has the headquarters of Houlihan Lokey,[7] International Creative Management,[8] and International Lease Finance Corporation.[9] Crystal Cruises is also headquartered in Century City.[10][11]

Government and infrastructure[edit]

The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services SPA 5 West Area Health Office serves Century City.[12]

Emergency services[edit]

Fire service[edit]

Los Angeles Fire Department Station 92 is the assigned fire station for the district.[13]

Police service[edit]

Los Angeles Police Department operates the West Los Angeles Community Police Station at 1663 Butler Avenue, 90025, serving the neighborhood.[14]

Education[edit]

Fifty-five percent of Century City residents aged 25 or over had earned a four-year degree by 2000, a high figure for Los Angeles.[4]

Two private schools are located within the Century City neighborhood—Lycée Français de Los Angeles, at 10361 Pico Boulevard, and Temple Isaiah Preschool and Kindergarten, at 10345 West PIco Boulevard.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Larry Harnisch, "The Daily Mirror," Los Angeles Times
  2. ^ [1] Colored map, Mapping L.A., Los Angeles Times
  3. ^ Vincent, Roger (June 3, 2008), "Next Century Associates buys the 1960s-era landmark built on a former studio back lot.", Los Angeles Times 
  4. ^ a b c d e [2] "Century City," Mapping L.A., Los Angeles Times
  5. ^ [3] "65 and Up," Mapping L.A., Los Angeles Times
  6. ^ Vincent, Roger. "Energy cells help power Century City skyscraper." Los Angeles Times. February 5, 2012. Retrieved on February 5, 2012.
  7. ^ Steinberg, Julie. "Bucking the Trend, Houlihan Lokey Still Hiring." Finance (The Wall Street Journal). January 24, 2012. Retrieved on February 5, 2012. "Houlihan Lokey, the Los Angeles-based investment bank,[...]"
  8. ^ Nash, James. "Lights, camera, Katrina: rebuilding of Louisiana will affect production in L.A." Los Angeles Business Journal at AllBusiness. Retrieved on February 5, 2012. "[...]International Creative Management Inc., the Los Angeles-based talent and literary agency."
  9. ^ "Contact Us." International Lease Finance Corporation. Retrieved on 6 May 2011. "10250 Constellation Blvd. Suite 3400 Los Angeles, CA 90067 USA"
  10. ^ "Contact Us." Crystal Cruises. Retrieved on January 20, 2010. "Crystal Cruises 2049 Century Park East Suite 1400 Los Angeles, CA 90067"
  11. ^ "Article: Los Angeles-Based Crystal Cruises Moves to Nearby Location." PR Newswire. August 19, 1998. Retrieved on January 20, 2010. "Effective September 8, Crystal Cruises is relocating to larger headquarters a few blocks from its current location in the Century City area of Los Angeles, California."
  12. ^ "About Us." Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. Retrieved on March 18, 2010.
  13. ^ "Fire Station 92," Los Angeles Fire Department
  14. ^ http://www.lapdonline.org/west_la_community_police_station lapdonline.org
  15. ^ [4]"Schools: Century City," Mapping L.A., Los Angeles Times

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 34°03′20″N 118°25′01″W / 34.05556°N 118.41694°W / 34.05556; -118.41694