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La Cienega Boulevard

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La Cienega Boulevard
(Spanish: "The Swamp")
Nearest metro station E Line La Cienega/Jefferson
South endEl Segundo Boulevard in Del Aire
I-105 in Los Angeles
I-405 in Inglewod
SR 187 in Los Angeles
I-10 in Los Angeles
SR 2 in West Hollywood
North endSunset Boulevard in West Hollywood

La Cienega Boulevard is a major north–south arterial road in the Los Angeles metropolitan area that runs from El Segundo Boulevard in Hawthorne to the Sunset Strip 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.

Route description[edit]

From south of Fairview Boulevard and from north of Obama Boulevard (formerly Rodeo Road), La Cienega Boulevard is a regular surface street. Offices for A&E Network, The History Channel and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are located on La Cienega as were the studios of Citadel Broadcasting flagships KABC and KLOS, two of Los Angeles' biggest radio stations, which were demolished for an apartment and shopping complex, currently under construction. La Cienega Boulevard was formerly the location of the headquarters of the defunct book publisher Price Stern Sloan. 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 through between the Pico-Robertson and South Carthay neighborhoods in West Los Angeles and through the Crestview neighborhood 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 from Santa Monica Blvd

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

Unusually for Southern California, south of the Santa Monica (10) Freeway, 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 expressway 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 Boulevard, La Cienega runs parallel to the San Diego (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 Boulevard runs along the east side of the 405 freeway, roughly between El Segundo Boulevard and Rosecrans Avenue in Del Aire.

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 from the intersection with Sunset Blvd
The big Randy's Donuts shop is at the corner of La Cienega and Manchester Blvd 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]


Ballona Road, now Washington Blvd., passes through the marshland, creeks and ponds of La Cienega in 1874

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,[3] originated with the name of the ranch.


Metro Local lines 105 runs on La Cienega Boulevard. An elevated light rail station for the Metro E Line is located at Jefferson Boulevard. An underground station for the Metro D Line at Wilshire Boulevard is currently under construction.

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Los Angeles County.

HawthorneDel Aire line00.0
El Segundo Boulevard to I-405 (San Diego Freeway)
South end of La Cienega Boulevard; I-405 north exit 44
Del Aire0.20.32
I-405 south (San Diego Freeway)
I-405 south exit 44/El Segundo Boulevard
0.50.80120th Street
Los AngelesLennox line0.91.4
I-405 south (San Diego Freeway)
I-405 south exit 45B/Imperial Highway east

Imperial Highway to I-405 north (San Diego Freeway)
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 AngelesInglewood line2.03.2

Century Boulevard to I-405 north (San Diego Freeway) – LAX
I-405 north exit 46
I-405 south (San Diego Freeway)
I-405 south exit 46/Century Boulevard west
Inglewood2.54.0Arbor Vitae Street
I-405 south (San Diego Freeway) / Olive Street
I-405 south exit 47
3.15.0Manchester BoulevardFormer SR 42
3.35.3Florence Avenue
I-405 south (San Diego Freeway) – Long Beach
Interchange; I-405 south exit 47; no access from La Cienega Boulevard northbound
Los AngelesInglewood line4.36.9Centinela Avenue
South end of expressway
Ladera Heights5.08.0Slauson Avenue – Ladera HeightsInterchange; former SR 90
5.08.0Stocker Street
Los AngelesCulver City line6.810.9Kenneth Hahn State Recreation AreaInterchange
Los Angeles7.411.9South end of expressway
Obama Boulevard
7.812.6Jefferson Boulevard
Fairfax Avenue to I-10 (Santa Monica Freeway)
Culver City8.213.2Washington Boulevard
Los Angeles8.513.7Venice Boulevard (SR 187)
8.613.8 I-10 (Santa Monica Freeway) – Santa Monica, Los AngelesInterchange; I-10 exit 7A
9.815.8Pico Boulevard
Los AngelesBeverly Hills line10.216.4Olympic Boulevard
Beverly Hills10.617.1Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles11.017.7San Vicente Boulevard
11.117.93rd Street
11.318.2Beverly BoulevardCenter of the so-called "studio zone"
West Hollywood11.819.0Melrose Avenue
12.319.8Santa Monica Boulevard (SR 2)
12.620.3Sunset BoulevardNorth end of La Cienega 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. ^ Julyan, Robert (1996). The Place Names of New Mexico. ISBN 9780826316899.
  4. ^ Google (March 23, 2024). "Route of La Cienega Boulevard" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved March 23, 2024.

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