La Cienega Boulevard

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La Cienega Boulevard
La Cienega map.jpg
South end El Segundo Boulevard near El Segundo
I‑10 near Santa Monica
North end Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood

La Cienega Boulevard (English pronunciation: /ˌlɑːsiˈɛnəɡə/) is a major north–south arterial road that runs between El Segundo Boulevard in Hawthorne, California on the south and the Sunset Strip/Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood.

Route description[edit]

From south of Fairview and from north of Rodeo Road (not Drive), La Cienega Boulevard is a regular surface street and one of Hollywood's major thoroughfares. Offices for A&E Network, The History Channel and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are located on La Cienega as are the studios of Citadel Broadcasting flagships KABC and KLOS, two of Los Angeles' biggest radio stations. A portion of La Cienega in and adjacent to Beverly Hills is known as "Restaurant Row" for its large number of upscale restaurants. South of Olympic, La Cienega runs through the Pico-Robertson and Crestview neighborhoods in West Los Angeles into Culver City and is known for its large number of automotive-related business including several used car dealerships and many body shops and auto mechanics.[1]

Looking north on La Cienega Blvd. from Santa Monica Blvd.

It continues south passing Interstate 10, and the Metro Expo Line.

It is unusual among Southern California roadways to be built to freeway standards. South of Interstate 10, La Cienega was built to freeway standards in the late 1940s as part of the proposed Laurel Canyon Freeway, part of State Route 170. The SR 170 freeway was never completed south of U.S. Route 101, and the stretch of La Cienega from just north of Fairview Blvd in Inglewood, through the Baldwin Hills and along the Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area to Rodeo Road in Los Angeles is a divided, limited access highway with few traffic signals. As such, emergency call boxes like those found along the area's freeways were installed along that stretch in the 1970s.

La Cienega Design Quarter[edit]

The area of La Cienega Boulevard, from Beverly Boulevard to Santa Monica Boulevard, and its satellite streets is known as the La Cienega Design Quarter. Its shops and galleries house many antiques, furniture, rugs, accessories and art. Art dealer Felix Landau operated his trend-setting gallery there in the 1960s.

Restaurant Row[edit]

Sign at the corner of Wilshire and La Cienega
Looking south down La Cienega Blvd. from the intersection with Sunset Blvd.
The big Randy's Donut shop is at La Cienega and Manchester in Inglewood

La Cienega in Beverly Hills, north of Wilshire Boulevard, is known as Restaurant Row because it features many upscale restaurants. From Wilshire in Beverly Hills traveling north the best known establishments include Benihana, The Stinking Rose, Darioush, the original Lawry's the Prime Rib, Hakobe, Tokyo Table - Tokyo City Cuisine, Matsuhisa, Fogo de Chão, Gyu-Kaku, Woo Lae Oak, The Bazaar by José Andrés, and Morton's.[2]


La Cienega Boulevard is named after Rancho Las Cienegas Mexican land grant roughly in the region now called "West Los Angeles." The Spanish phrase la ciénaga translates into English as "the swamp" and the area named "Las Ciénegas" was a continual marshland due to the course of the Los Angeles River through that area prior to a massive southerly shift in 1825 to roughly its present course. The difference in spelling between the Spanish word ciénaga and the name of the thoroughfare originated with the name of the rancho.


Metro Local lines 105 and 217, and Metro Rapid line 705 run on La Cienega Boulevard. As of April 28, 2012, the Metro Expo Line serves a rail station at Jefferson Boulevard.

Major intersections[edit]

Except where prefixed with a letter, postmiles were measured on the road as it was in 1964, based on the alignment that existed at the time, and do not necessarily reflect current mileage. R reflects a realignment in the route since then, M indicates a second realignment, L refers an overlap due to a correction or change, and T indicates postmiles classified as temporary (for a full list of prefixes, see the list of postmile definitions).[3] Segments that remain unconstructed or have been relinquished to local control may be omitted. The entire route is in Los Angeles County.

Location Postmile Destinations Notes
    I-405 (CA).svg El Segundo Boulevard to I-405 north (San Diego Freeway)
    I‑405 south (San Diego Freeway)
    120th Street
    I‑405 south (San Diego Freeway)
Los Angeles   Imperial Highway
  I‑405 south (San Diego Freeway) – Long Beach
  I‑405 south (San Diego Freeway)
Los AngelesInglewood line   I-405 (CA).svg Century Boulevard to I-405 north (San Diego Freeway) – LAX
  I‑405 south (San Diego Freeway)
Inglewood   Arbor Vitae Street
  I‑405 south (San Diego Freeway) / Olive Street
  Manchester Boulevard Former SR 42
  Florence Avenue
  I‑405 (San Diego Freeway) – Long Beach Interchange; no access from La Cienega Boulevard northbound
Los AngelesInglewood line   Centinela Avenue
  South end of freeway
    Slauson AvenueLadera Heights Interchange; former SR 90
    Stocker Street
    Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area Interchange
    North end of freeway
Los Angeles   Jefferson Boulevard
  I-10 (CA).svg Fairfax Avenue to I-10
Culver City   Washington Boulevard
Los Angeles   Venice Boulevard (SR 187)
  I‑10 (Santa Monica Freeway) – Santa Monica, Los Angeles Interchange
  Pico Boulevard
  Olympic Boulevard
Beverly Hills   Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles   San Vicente Boulevard
  3rd Street
  Beverly Boulevard This intersection is the center of the so-called "studio zone" or "30-mile zone". See that article for more details.
West Hollywood   Melrose Avenue
  SR 2 (Santa Monica Boulevard)
  Sunset Boulevard
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ "June 9, 2007". Car Talk. Episode 200723. June 9, 2007. 
  2. ^ Monreal, Jane (March 20, 2008). "Top 7 restaurant rows in SoCal". ABC 7. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  3. ^ California Department of Transportation. "State Truck Route List". Sacramento: California Department of Transportation. Archived from the original (XLS file) on June 30, 2015. Retrieved June 30, 2015. 

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