La Cienega Boulevard
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|South end||El Segundo Boulevard near El Segundo|
| I-105 in Los Angeles|
I-405 in Inglewod
SR 187 / Venice Blvd near Culver City
I-10 near Culver City
SR 2 / Santa Monica Blvd in Norma Triangle
|North end||Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood|
La Cienega Boulevard 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 to the north. It was named for Rancho Las Cienegas, literally "The Ranch Of The Swamps," an area of marshland south of Rancho La Brea.
From south of Fairview Avenue and from north of Obama Boulevard (formerly Rodeo Road) 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.
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 Baldwin Hills and along the Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area to Obama Boulevard 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 early 1970s.
South of Fairview Blvd, La Cienega runs parallel to the 405 freeway and terminates at El Segundo Boulevard in Del Aire along the west side of the freeway. A non-contiguous segment also named La Cienega Blvd runs along the East side of the 405 freeway roughly between El Segundo Blvd and Rosecrans Avenue in Wiseburn, another unincorporated area adjacent to Del Aire.
La Cienega Design Quarter
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.
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.
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 in Los Angeles between the Castilian Spanish word ciénaga and the name of the thoroughfare, which is common in other Iberian languages like Extremaduran, originated with the name of the rancho.
Metro Local lines 105 and 217, and Metro Rapid line 705 run on La Cienega Boulevard. An elevated light rail station for the Metro Expo Line is located at Jefferson Boulevard. An underground station for the Metro Purple Line at Wilshire Boulevard is currently under construction and is due to open in 2023.
The entire route is in Los Angeles County.
|Hawthorne–Del Aire line||To I-405 (San Diego Freeway) / El Segundo Boulevard||South end of La Cienega Boulevard; I-405 north exit 44|
|Del Aire||I-405 south (San Diego Freeway)||I-405 south exit 44/El Segundo Boulevard|
|Los Angeles||I-405 south (San Diego Freeway)||I-405 south exit 45B/Imperial Highway east|
|To I-405 north (San Diego Freeway) / Imperial Highway||I-405 north exit 45B|
|I-405 south (San Diego Freeway) – Long Beach||I-405 south exit 45B/Imperial Highway west|
|I-405 south (San Diego Freeway)||Next to I-405 south exit 46/Century Boulevard east|
|Los Angeles–Inglewood line||To I-405 north (San Diego Freeway) / Century Boulevard – LAX||I-405 north exit 46|
|I-405 south (San Diego Freeway)||I-405 south exit 46/Century Boulevard west|
|Inglewood||Arbor Vitae Street|
|I-405 south (San Diego Freeway) / Olive Street||I-405 south exit 47|
|Manchester Boulevard||Former SR 42|
|I-405 south (San Diego Freeway) – Long Beach||Interchange; I-405 south exit 47; no access from La Cienega Boulevard northbound|
|Los Angeles–Inglewood line||Centinela Avenue|
|South end of freeway|
|Ladera Heights||Slauson Avenue – Ladera Heights||Interchange; former SR 90|
|Los Angeles–Culver City line||Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area||Interchange|
|Los Angeles||Obama Boulevard||North end of freeway|
|Los Angeles||Jefferson Boulevard|
|To I-10 (Santa Monica Freeway) / Fairfax Avenue|
|Culver City||Washington Boulevard|
|Los Angeles||Venice Boulevard (SR 187)|
|I-10 (Santa Monica Freeway) – Santa Monica, Los Angeles||Interchange; I-10 exit 7A|
|Los Angeles–Beverly Hills line||Olympic Boulevard|
|Beverly Hills||Wilshire Boulevard|
|Los Angeles||San Vicente Boulevard|
|Beverly Boulevard||Center of the so-called "studio zone"|
|West Hollywood||Melrose Avenue|
|Santa Monica Boulevard (SR 2)|
|Sunset Boulevard||North end of La Cienega Boulevard|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|