The Times' series on the Southland's iconic boulevards continues with Sunset Boulevard from the beach in Pacific Palisades to Cesar E. Chavez Avenue in Monterey Park.
The Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine Temple is a Pacific Palisades landmark. Founded by an Indian guru, the fellowship has shrines and retreats throughout Southern California.
Lush and well-tended neighborhoods along Sunset's western stretches are best symbolized by the private residential enclave of Bel-Air. Its iconic gates share architectural features with major movie studios to the south.
The Sunset Strip is ground zero for overgrown signage, including the building-wrapping signs known as super-graphics. But a special "sign district" in West Hollywood restricts billboard height.
The city's first pedestrian- and bike-only plaza converted from a street opened in March. The instant open space in Silver Lake is a one-year pilot project.
Ramon C. Cortines High School
The visual and performing arts school's tower is a distinctive landmark on Cesar E. Chavez Avenue, which is what Sunset turns into east of the 110 Freeway.
The Spanish Colonial styling of this bridge over the L.A. River skirts the north end of Union Station, and contrasts with the industrial area. But that could change with plans to introduce retail and housing.
Now a dense Latino neighborhood, Boyle Heights in the early 1900s was the center of Jewish life in SoCal. The ornate 1923 Breed Street Shul, now being restored, is among more than 30 synagogues that once existed here.
This Boyle Heights cemetery is one of the oldest and largest in L.A. The jogging path added by the city around its perimeter has become a social center of the neighborhood.