'The City of Angels - home to devils of all kinds.'
Los Angeles is the largest city in the state of California and the second-largest in the United States. Often abbreviated as L.A., it is rated an alpha world city, having an estimated population of 3.8 million and spanning over 469.1 square miles (1,214.9 square kilometers) in Southern California. Additionally, the Greater Los Angeles metropolitan area is home to nearly 17,776,000 people who hail from all over the globe and speak more than a hundred different languages.
The city is divided into many neighborhoods, many of which were towns that were annexed by the growing city. There are also several independent cities in and around Los Angeles, but they are popularly grouped with the city of Los Angeles, either due to being completely engulfed as enclaves by Los Angeles, or lying within its immediate vicinity.
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One of the oldest settled areas of Los Angeles, Highland Park is also one of the most scenic due to its architecture and location between the Mt. Washington hills, the San Rafael hills and the Monterey Hills, Los Angeles, California. Highland Park has largely been spared the dramatic changes that Silver Lake, Echo Park and Eagle Rock have experienced. The district's proximity to those neighborhoods (coupled with low rents), have made it increasingly popular among hipsters. Local dive bars have become fashionable nightclubs, with doormen and chi-chi velvet ropes.
From the late 1950s until around the early 80s, Highland Park and neighboring Eagle Rock were known as a haven for Hot Rod builders; though most of the original hot rod shops have now disappeared.
Melrose District is a commercial and residential community in the Hollywood district of the city.
The term "Melrose District" may be used interchangeably by some with the "Fairfax District" which is a nearby area lacking strictly defined boundaries. However, the Melrose district, a sub-district of the Fairfax district or not, refers to the alternative shops, and restaurants lining Melrose Avenue chiefly between Fairfax Blvd, and Highland Avenue, but also as far as La Cienega Blvd. It also refers to its immediate adjacent residential areas. The Northern boundary followed largely along what is today the City of West Hollywood.
Vine is a street that runs north-south from Melrose Avenue up past Hollywood Boulevard. The intersection of Hollywood and Vine was once a symbol of Hollywood itself; famous in the 1920s for its concentration of radio and movie-related businesses. The Hollywood Walk of Fame is centered on the intersection. Sadly, it later fell into neglect and lost its status as a hub of Hollywood aside from in a historical sense, but renovations and a new up-scale hotel are in the works.
Some noteworthy locations on Vine are the infamous Club Contempt, the lavish Midnight Foxx Casino and, at its North End, The Empress; an exquisite eaterie and iconic establishment.
Doheny Drive is a major north/south thoroughfare for Beverly Hills and West Hollywood. It starts a few blocks south of Pico Boulevard and travels north past Sunset Boulevard. Doheny encounters few traffic lights, making it a relatively quick trip north/south. From Santa Monica Boulevard to Sunset Boulevard are condominiums, adjacent to the Sunset Strip. Doheny Drive forms the western end of the Strip, which ends at Crescent Heights Boulevard to the east.