Highland Avenue (Los Angeles)
|Queen and Washingtonia Robusta Palm Trees and Median Strip|
|Location||Highland Ave between Wilshire Blvd and Melrose Ave|
Highland Avenue is a major north/south road that runs from Cahuenga Boulevard and the US 101 Freeway in Hollywood, Los Angeles from the north end to Olympic Boulevard in Mid-City Los Angeles on the south end. (However, it is not a major thoroughfare in its southernmost portion ; it is a small residential street from Olympic Boulevard to Adams Boulevard. For through access, Highland swerves west into Edgewood Place which accesses La Brea Avenue)
To the south is the famous intersection of Hollywood and Highland, location of the Hollywood & Highland Center and its Kodak Theater (venue of the Academy Awards since 2002), and the Hollywood/Highland Metro station for the Red Line subway to Downtown and the Valley.
Further south, near Beverly Boulevard, Highland is adjacent to the Wilshire Country Club in Hancock Park. Highland Avenue's median parkway with historic palm trees, between Melrose Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard, was designated a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1972. The Queen palms (Syagrus romanzoffiana) and Mexican fan palms (Washingtonia robusta) were planted in 1928.
For most of its length Highland is four lanes wide, but narrows to two lanes south of Wilshire Boulevard. Metro Local line 237 runs along Highland Avenue from Santa Monica Boulevard north, and on to the Valley.
The segment from the US 101 Freeway south to Santa Monica Boulevard used to be designated as part of California State Route 170. California's legislature has since relinquished state control of that segment, and thus that portion is now maintained by the City of Los Angeles.
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