Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles

Hollywood Boulevard is a major east–west street in Los Angeles, California. It begins in the west as a winding residential street at Sunset Plaza Drive in the Hollywood Hills West district. After crossing Laurel Canyon Boulevard, it proceeds due east as a major thoroughfare through Hollywood, Little Armenia and Thai Town to Vermont Avenue. It then runs southeast to its eastern terminus at Sunset Boulevard in the Los Feliz district. Parts of the boulevard are popular tourist destinations, primarily the fifteen blocks between La Brea Avenue east to Gower Street where the Hollywood Walk of Fame is primarily located.HistoryPrior to Hollywood Boulevard, the street was named Prospect Avenue until 1910, when the town of Hollywood was annexed by the City of Los Angeles. After annexation, the street numbers changed from 100 Prospect Avenue, at Vermont Avenue, to 6400 Hollywood Boulevard.In the early 1920s, real estate developer Charles E. Toberman (the "Father of Hollywood") envisioned a thriving Hollywood theatre district. Toberman was involved in 36 projects while building the Max Factor Building, Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and the Hollywood Masonic Temple. With Sid Grauman, he opened the three themed theatres: Egyptian, El Capitan ("The Captain") (1926), and Chinese.
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  • We visited at our LA residence also the Hollywood Boulevard. Been interesting to see the asterisk. Otherwise but overrated at every corner of souvenir shops and cheap restaurants. So, the big shine does not exist. Of course very much visited by tourists from all over the world.
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  • Seemed simple enough just walking along the boulevard and see the stars on the floor, and try to find some of your favorite artists. There are quite a few restaurants and souvenir shops and the Chinese Theatre is very picturesque. I didn't like the large number of people smoking marijuana on the street and is also seen many homeless people!
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  • Very dirty to the point it smelled like urine everywhere. People sleeping all along the sidewalk, and if they are not sleeping they are begging for money. Harassed the entire time to buy cd's or bus t...  more »

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