For our first workshop we decided to name each table after one of the 20 longest streets, we took the streets from the LA Times article.
Sepulveda Boulevard is around 42.8 miles (68.9 km) in length, from the northern San Fernando Valley, over the Santa Monica Mountains at Sepulveda Pass, across the Westside and South Bay regions, to Long Beach. It generally runs north-south, passing underneath two of the runways of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). It is the longest street in the city and county of Los Angeles.
The main portion of the road, from Cahuenga Pass in Hollywood westward past Sepulveda Pass, was originally called Mulholland Highway and was opened in 1924. The 21-mile long mostly two-lane, minor arterial road loosely follows the ridgeline of the eastern Santa Monica Mountains and theHollywood Hills, connecting two sections of U.S. Route 101, and crossing Sepulveda Boulevard, Beverly Glen Boulevard, Coldwater Canyon, Laurel Canyon Boulevard, Nichols Canyon Road, and Outpost Drive.
Figueroa Street runs in a north/south direction between the neighborhoods of Eagle Rock and Wilmington. The northern terminus is just a little bit north of the Ventura Freeway, west of Pasadena, and runs south until Harry Bridges Boulevard in San Pedro, with a break between San Fernando Road in Cypress Park and College Street in Chinatown.
Sunset Boulevard stretches from Figueroa Street in Downtown LA, tracing the arc of mountains that form part of the northern boundary of the Los Angeles Basin, following the path of a 1780s cattle trail from the Pueblo de Los Angeles to the ocean. It is at least four lanes wide along its entire route and historically extended farther east than it now does, starting at Alameda Street near Union Station. The portion of Sunset Boulevard east of Figueroa Street was renamed Cesar Chavez Avenue in 1994.
Western Avenue’s four lanes stretch 20 miles through the center portion of Los Angeles County. The name of the street is derived from its history as the westernmost border of Los Angeles in the 19th century, before annexations in the early 20th century expanded the city westward. Western Avenue begins in Los Feliz and ends in San Pedro.
3rd longest of the north/south thoroughfares, Vermont Avenue starts in Griffith Park, at the Greek Theatre in Los Feliz, as a one-lane divided road and travels 19.8 miles south to San Pedro, where it merges with Normandie Avenue, turning into Gaffey Street. In August 2012, the City of Los Angeles designated a portion of Vermont Avenue in Pico-Union as the “El Salvador Community Corridor.
Victory Boulevard is a major east-west arterial road that runs 17.9 miles, traversing the entire length of the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles County. Through much of the San Fernando Valley, Victory Boulevard divides the affluent communities on the southern side of the Valley (Woodland Hills, Tarzana, and Encino), from the less affluent communities of the central Valley (Canoga Park, Reseda, Lake Balboa, Van Nuys, and North Hollywood), to the middle-class city of Burbank.
Vanowen Street takes its name from the towns of Van Nuys and Owensmouth in the western end of the San Fernando Valley. Owensmouth was founded in 1912, itself named after the Owens River Aqueduct, but today known as Canoga Park. The street stretches 17 miles east to Burbank.
Originally, a furrow cut along the floor of the San Fernando Valley and divided the ranches of Lankershim and De Celis. That furrow is now called Roscoe Boulevard, travelling east from the foothills for over 16 miles to Lankershim Boulevard.
Foothill Boulevard travels 16.4 miles within the City of Los Angeles, but stretches well over 60 miles through the County of San Bernardino. Like its name implies, Foothill Boulevard runs across the foothills of the San Gabriel and San Bernardino Mountains. For much of its length, Foothill Boulevard is along historic Route 66.
Ventura Blvd runs 18 miles, beginning near Calabasas in Woodland Hills, then moving west ends in Studio City where it becomes Cahuenga Blvd.
Sherman Way runs 15 miles beginning in West Hills and, moving west, ends in Burbank, at the Bob Hope Airport. Sherman Way is of the Great Streets project. For more, click here.
Another curvy scenic route, Laurel Canyon Blvd runs 15 miles beginning at Polk Street in the San Fernando Valley and, moving south, ends near Sunset Blvd in Hollywood. For more, click here.
San Fernando Road runs 15 miles running roughly north-south, beginning in the Antelope Valley and ending at the Pasadena Ave intersection, becoming Avenue 20. For more, click here.
Burbank Blvd runs roughly 15 miles east-west. Burbank begins in Hidden Hills and ends at the Burbank High School. For more, click here.
Though we’re not convinced Oxnard runs 15 miles at it begins at about Sepulveda and ends at Edison, it runs through the heat of the valley from Van Nuys to NoHo. For more, click here.
Staticoy runs 15 miles through the valley from West Hills to Burbank. For more, click here.
Normandie is one of the longest north-south streets in Los Angeles. The view from the Observatory is stunning! For more, click here.
Olympic extends from Santa Monica all the way to East LA. For more, click here.
From Los Feliz to USC, Hoover zig-zags its way southward! For more, click here.