Westside (Los Angeles County)

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The Westside as seen from a plane departing Los Angeles International Airport
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Country United States
State California
County Los Angeles
Area
 - Total  dunams (
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 km2 / 101.28 sq mi)
Population (2000)[1]
 - Total 529427
 Density
 - Urban density
 - Rural density
 - Metro density
 -  Density
 -  Density
Demographics (2000)[2]
 - White 63.3%
 - Latino 15.7%
 - Asian 11.5%
 - Black 5.1%
 - Other 4.4%
Area code(s) 310, 424
Consists of
Los Angeles Neighborhoods Bel Air
Beverly Crest
Beverlywood
Brentwood
Century City
Cheviot Hills
Del Rey
Ladera Heights
Mar Vista
Pacific Palisades
Palms
Pico-Robertson
Playa Vista
Rancho Park
Sawtelle
Venice
West Los Angeles
Westwood
Other cities Beverly Hills
Culver City
Santa Monica
Unincorporated areas Marina del Rey
Veterans Administration
Regions of Los Angeles County have no official government definition. Figures above according to the definition by the Los Angeles Times

The Los Angeles Westside is an urban region in western Los Angeles County, California, United States. It has no official definition, but according to the Los Angeles Times, comprises encompassing 18 districts in the City of Los Angeles and two unincorporated neighborhoods, plus the cities of Beverly Hills, Culver City, and Santa Monica[3].

Business and transportation

Many of the major educational, retail, cultural, and recreational attractions of Greater Los Angeles are located in this area, as is a large portion of the entertainment industry. Century City is a major business hub of the Westside, containing many major production corporations, talent agencies, and entertainment law firms.

Culver City houses several film studios and commercial effects houses. Santa Monica, Venice, Beverly Hills, and new developments near LAX are also important entertainment industry centers.

The Westside rivals downtown Los Angeles for the number of people commuting to it from other areas, particularly the San Fernando Valley to the north and the South Bay to the south. Like most of Los Angeles, the Westside has heavy traffic congestion.

The proposed Pacific Coast, Beverly Hills, and Laurel Canyon freeways went unbuilt in the face of massive community opposition. A great deal of development took place in anticipation of these roadways' construction, resulting in significant congestion on the area's surface streets. Getting to Hollywood from the Westside is particularly difficult. Major east-west streets between the regions are jammed during much of the day. Proposals to widen the existing freeways or extend the Metro Purple Line to the ocean have been stalled by their great expense; more recently, an old proposal to turn Pico and Olympic into one-way streets has been revived.[4]

Demographics

In the 2000 census, the Westside (as defined by the Los Angeles Times) had a population of 529,427. The areas within the city of Los Angeles that L.A. Almanac recognize as part of the Westside had a population of 413,351.[5] Originally, the Westside was predominantly Caucasian, but it has grown more ethnically diverse. In 2000, Caucasians made up just 63% of the population. Economic levels vary from middle class to upper class, and a majority of the wealthiest communities in Los Angeles County are located on the Westside.[6]

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The view from the Getty Center, centered on the Westside as the 405 goes through the Sepulveda Pass in the Santa Monica Mountains and down through the city

References

  1. "The Westside", Los Angeles Times, retrieved June 19, 2010
  2. [projects.latimes.com/mapping-la/neighborhoods/region/westside/ "The Westside"], Los Angeles Times, retrieved June 19, 2010
  3. "The Westside", Los Angeles Times, retrieved June 19, 2010
  4. Guccione, Jean, "One-way streets may get Westside on the fast track", Los Angeles Times, 29 March 2007
  5. http://www.laalmanac.com/population/po24la.htm
  6. Mapping L.A. Neighborhoods, Los Angeles Times
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