West Hollywood

West Hollywood


Locals often refer to the city of West Hollywood as “WeHo.” Located in the county of Los Angeles, West Hollywood was incorporated in 1984 and is surrounded entirely by the city of LA. West Hollywood is known as a socially progressive city, putting in place ordinances that mandate “green” building practices and allow same-gender domestic partners to quality for city benefits. West Hollywood is situated south of the Hollywood Hills, west of Hollywood, east of Beverly Hills, and north of the Fairfax District. Its irregular border is the result of inclusion of areas that were not incorporated by other nearby cities.

West Hollywood has a very dense, urban layout, that features a large quantity of mixed-used developments where retail, business, and residential housing line walkable streets. West Hollywood residents receive preferred parking in a city that is famous for having often challenging parking restrictions. Some residents of West Hollywood are opposed to the gentrification that is proposing to bring in big box retail stores. The city has a “Historic Preservation Commission” that is overseeing the current debate.

West Hollywood streets like Sunset and Santa Monica Boulevards are filled with a variety of restaurants, bars, and shops. Art and culture thrive in the city, especially on Robertson, Melrose, and Beverly, home to the Pacific Design Center. West Hollywood’s Sunset Strip is famous for its nightclubs like the Whiskey, House of Blues, Viper Room, and Roxy. The Chateau Marmont calls West Hollywood home, as does the Sunset Marquis Hotel. A stretch of Melrose Avenue, between Fairfax and Doheny, is well known for its funky boutiques, hip eateries, and antique shops. Each year, West Hollywood is host to a huge Halloween Carnival, which has been dubbed the largest street party in the United States. Residents also take part in an annual Gay Pride parade.

West Hollywood has a population of 34,399. According to a 2002 demographic that was researched by the city, West Hollywood is comprised of 41% gay men, a fact that is not unknown or unsuspected in Los Angeles. West Hollywood’s Affordable Housing Act of 1986 requires developers to provide low-cost housing or pay a fee to the city so that affordable programs can be established. Recently, WeHo has had an influx of luxury condos being built that are larger, pricier, and fewer in numbers that what was envisioned by the city. Temporary development laws are being enacted until a solution is found to this issue.

The popular nightlife attractions thrive around Sunset Strip near Sunset Boulevard, along Santa Monica Boulevard, Robertson to La Cienega, and near the Avenues of Arts & Design, from Melrose Avenue, Beverly Boulevard to North Robertson Boulevard. This gay village has largely gay-oriented bars, boutiques, interior design and furniture shops, restaurants, coffeehouses and nightclubs. Other attractions include Sunset Plaza, the ideal place for spotting celebrities, shopping and eateries, the Pacific Design Center with 135 showrooms full of textiles, furniture, and interior-design accessories.




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