The Times' series on the Southland's iconic boulevards begins with a major north-south route from the San Gabriel Valley to Long Beach: Atlantic Boulevard.
Mrs. Lin's psychic shop
Half architecture, half billboard, Mrs. Lin's psychic shop occupies a bright red building that used to be a Kodak processing kiosk.
Gold Line station
In East L.A., Metro's Atlantic station opened in 2009 as the terminus of the Gold Line's Eastside extension. At street level, it has transformed the feel and energy of the area.
Los Angeles River
Atlantic crosses the L.A. river in two locations, offering a reminder of how interconnected the region's design dilemmas can be.
Designed to catch the attention of speeding motorists, the sign atop this 1950s donut shop dwarfs the building it advertises.
Attractive bike racks, landscaped medians and modern bus stops in Bixby Knolls are attempts to meet the competing needs of motorists, bicyclists and transit riders.
Oil pumps, a symbol of Southern California's rich oil industry, still churn away amid shopping malls and residential areas near the coast in Long Beach.
Downtown Long Beach
Where Atlantic meets the ocean, dense residential towers belie the common stereotypes of Southern California.