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L.A. Boulevards

Christopher Hawthorne, The Times architecture critic, takes readers on a tour of the historic boulevards of Los Angeles. Long dominated by the car culture, Lankershim, Crenshaw, Harbor, Sunset and Wilshire boulevards are gradually being remade to accommodate pedestrians, cyclists and urban street life. Explore the series below.

  • On Harbor Boulevard, a pretense of business as usual

    On Harbor Boulevard, a pretense of business as usual

    For Harbor Boulevard is all business, for now. The lack of civic landmarks and public plazas down Orange County's Harbor Boulevard belies the street's long history of civil disturbance and speaks to its potential of playing a more important civic role. Though Orange County's Harbor Boulevard remains...

  • For Sunset, a new dawn

    For Sunset, a new dawn

    Go east on storied Sunset Boulevard for a look at the changing nature of modern L.A. and a reawakening of pedestrian life Go east on storied Sunset Boulevard for a look at the changing nature of modern L.A. and a reawakening of pedestrian life.Click the blue mile markers above — or use the arrows...

  • Wilshire Boulevard, a Main Street that stands apart

    Wilshire Boulevard, a Main Street that stands apart

    Los Angeles has long tested out its grandest ambitions on Wilshire Boulevard, where innovation has arisen even as dreams have been dashed. Los Angeles has long tested out its grandest ambitions on Wilshire Boulevard, where innovation has arisen even as dreams have been dashed. Click the blue mile...

  • Atlantic on the move

    Atlantic on the move

    As Los Angeles' boulevards reassert their place in the public realm, the transformation along Atlantic offers glimpses of a new city identity taking shape. As Los Angeles' boulevards reassert their place in the public realm, the transformation along Atlantic offers glimpses of a new city identity...

  • Crenshaw Boulevard comes to a crossroads

    Crenshaw Boulevard comes to a crossroads

    As Los Angeles' boulevards reassert their place in the public realm, the transformation along Crenshaw offers glimpses of a new city identity taking shape. Optimism and anxiety travel along its route, as a revived rail service push and an auto-free younger generation herald changes for one close-knit...

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