Hollywood Sunset Boulevard
Sunset Boulevard is a street in western Los Angeles County, California, that stretches from Figueroa Street in downtown Los Angeles to the Pacific Coast Highway to the Pacific Ocean in Pacific Palisades. The street is an icon of the celebrity culture of Hollywood and “Sunset Boulevard” is an abbreviation for Sustainable associated with glamorous Hollywood.
About 24 miles (39 km) long, the famous boulevard passes through or near Echo Park, Silver Lake, Los Feliz, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Holmby Hills, Bel Air, Brentwood and Pacific Palisades. Other than West Hollywood and Beverly Hills, which are independent cities, the places named above are all districts and neighborhoods of the city of Los Angeles. In the neighborhood of Bel-Air in Los Angeles, Sunset Boulevard runs along the northern boundary of the UCLA Westwood campus, and it is also the postal divider between north-west and south of Beverly Hills.
The boulevard is winding and dangerous in some areas. It is at least four lanes wide for its entire term. Car accidents are not uncommon because of its many curves and blind crests, and the absence of a center divider on most sections. Sunset (with Santa Monica and Wilshire Boulevards) is frequently congested with traffic loads beyond its rated capacity. Accordingly, it is also known for cracks and potholes. Traffic on Sunset is often slow, with congestion bumper to bumper is not uncommon at peak hours in both directions. However, when traffic is light or nonexistent, Sunset is a very fast track as it encounters few (and short timed) traffic lights west of Doheny Drive. Even at peak hours, traffic generally flows well through the Holmby Hills and Bel Air, west of Whittier in Beverly Hills, the lights are very well spaced and timed.