West Hollywood is a municipality in the county of Los Angeles, Ca. It is most known for being one of the best places to live in terms of quality of life and walkability – it boasts six Gold Medal “Great Streets” and was named the 8th most walkable city in America by Walkscore.com with a walk score of 90. As of 2020, its population was about 35,757, up from 34,399 in 2010.
The boundary of West Hollywood is Wilshire Boulevard to the North, Hoover Street to the East, Melrose Avenue to the South and Doheny Drive, and San Vicente Boulevard to the West. There has been a growing gay community in West Hollywood since the early 1960s: it was known as a “time bomb” of the gay community in the ’60s – by 1972, it was far more accepting than other surrounding areas.
The city has its own police department, but some services are provided or contracted by Los Angeles County Sheriffs’ Department’s West Hollywood station on Santa Monica Boulevard.
It is governed by the “City of West Hollywood City Council,” which consists of five voting members, including the mayor. The mayor is John Duran – he has served since 2014. Mayor Pro Tempore John D’Amico currently serves. The other three are Councilmembers Lindsey Horvath, Lauren Meister, and John Heilman. West Hollywood also has an annual Halloween dog costume contest.
The city has an ordinance that prohibits discrimination against its LGBT community, which was passed in 1991. West Hollywood’s city council is mostly pro-LGBT-rights and often speaks out against proposed discriminatory legislation.
West Hollywood has six “Great Streets” – Melrose Avenue, Robertson Boulevard, Santa Monica Boulevard, San Vicente Boulevard, Fairfax Avenue, and Sunset Boulevard.
The city hosts an annual “White Party,” which lasts all summer until Labor Day – it typically occurs on the last weekend in July. The festival started in 1973 as a one-day event but grew over the years into what it is now – there are street events all day and night that include music, dancing, elaborate costumes, and many other forms of entertainment.
The film industry has had a huge impact on West Hollywood’s culture – it was widely used as the backdrop for a number of films. The city is known as a very liberal place to live – people who live there tend to be open-minded and accepting. If you’re looking for another iconic neighborhood in Los Angeles, check out North Hollywood.