Pico Boulevard

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Pico Boulevard
Maintained by Bureau of Street Services, City of L.A. DPW
Location Santa Monica, Los Angeles
Nearest metro station LAMetroLogo.svg Pico station
West endPacific Ocean in Santa Monica
Lincoln Blvd. in Santa Monica
I-10 (1957).svg I-10 in West Los Angeles
I-405 (1961).svg I-405 in West Los Angeles
La Cienega Blvd. in Los Angeles
Western Avenue in Los Angeles
I-110 (1961).svg I-110 in Downtown Los Angeles
East end Central Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles

Pico Boulevard is a major Los Angeles street that runs from the Pacific Ocean at Appian Way in Santa Monica to Central Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles, California, USA. It is named after Pío Pico, the last Mexican governor of Alta California.

Los Angeles City in California

Los Angeles, officially the City of Los Angeles and often known by its initials L.A., is the most populous city in California, the second most populous city in the United States, after New York City, and the third most populous city in North America. With an estimated population of four million, Los Angeles is the cultural, financial, and commercial center of Southern California. The city is known for its Mediterranean climate, ethnic diversity, Hollywood and the entertainment industry, and its sprawling metropolis. Los Angeles is the largest city on the West Coast of North America.

Pacific Ocean Ocean between Asia and Australia in the west, the Americas in the east and Antarctica or the Southern Ocean in the south.

The Pacific Ocean is the largest and deepest of Earth's oceanic divisions. It extends from the Arctic Ocean in the north to the Southern Ocean in the south and is bounded by Asia and Australia in the west and the Americas in the east.

Central Avenue (Los Angeles) street in Los Angeles, California, United States

Central Avenue is a major north-south thoroughfare in the central portion of the Los Angeles, California metropolitan area. Located just to the west of the Alameda Corridor, it runs from the eastern end of the Los Angeles Civic Center south, ending at Del Amo Boulevard in Carson. From north to south, Central Avenue passes through Downtown Los Angeles, South Los Angeles, Compton, and Carson.



Pico Blvd. at Pacific Ocean Pico Boulevard at the Ocean in Santa Monica.JPG
Pico Blvd. at Pacific Ocean

Pico runs parallel south of Olympic Boulevard and is one of the southernmost major streets leading into Downtown Los Angeles, running north of Venice Boulevard and south of Olympic Boulevard. Numerically, it takes the place of 13th Street (many cities with numbered streets use a named street in place of thirteen).

Olympic Boulevard (Los Angeles) road in Los Angeles, California

Olympic Boulevard is a major arterial road in Los Angeles, California. It stretches from Ocean Avenue on the western end of Santa Monica to East Los Angeles—farther than Wilshire Boulevard and most other streets.

Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood of Los Angeles in Los Angeles, California

Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA) is the central business district of Los Angeles, California, as well as a diverse residential neighborhood of some 58,000 people. A 2013 study found that the district is home to over 500,000 jobs. It is also part of Central Los Angeles.

Venice Boulevard is a major east–west thoroughfare in Los Angeles, running from the ocean in the Venice district, past the I-10 intersection, into downtown Los Angeles. It was originally known as West 16th Street under the Los Angeles numbered street system.

Major landmarks include Santa Monica College, Santa Monica High School, the Westside Pavilion mall, Fox Studios, the Hillcrest Country Club, the Staples Center, and the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Santa Monica College college

Santa Monica College (SMC) is a public, two-year, community college in Santa Monica, California, United States. Founded as a junior college in 1929, SMC enrolls over 30,000 students in more than 90 fields of study. Although initially serving primarily pre-college, high school students, the College quickly expanded its enrollment to educate college-age students and non-traditional students with the primary intention to transfer to a four-year university. It is one of the few schools which has high transfer rates to 4-year universities such as UCs or CSUs. Today, two-thirds of students at Santa Monica College are enrolled part-time. With over 2,000 employees, SMC is a major employer in the Greater Los Angeles Area and has a significant impact in the region's economy.

Santa Monica High School

Santa Monica High School, officially abbreviated to SAMOHI, is located in Santa Monica, California. Founded in 1891, it changed location several times in its early years before settling into its present campus at 601 Pico Boulevard. It is a part of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District.

Westside Pavilion West Los Angeles shopping mall transforming into media and technology company offices

The Westside Pavilion is a former shopping malls located in West Los Angeles which is being renamed One Westside as it is transformed into office. It is owned and operated by Hudson Pacific Properties, which is acting as landlord and developer in a joint venture with previous owner The Macerich Company to transform the mall from retail to media and technology company offices. The three-story urban-style shopping mall once had 70 shops but was down to 54 retailers when Hudson Pacific announced plans to convert most of the site to offices. A 12-screen movie theater owned by the Landmark Theatres company opened at the mall in 2007, serving as the flagship location for the company. the Interior area of the mall closed in 2019. Landmark Cinemas and Westside Tavern remains open for business.

Pico Boulevard starts in the city of Santa Monica and enters the city of Los Angeles near the intersection with Centinela Avenue. The neighborhoods of Los Angeles through which Pico Boulevard travels are among the most culturally diverse in the city. From west to east, they include the Japanese and Persian neighborhoods of Sawtelle, the 5 neighborhoods in the West Los Angeles region which are the predominantly Anglo neighborhoods of Cheviot Hills and Rancho Park, the business and entertainment center of Century City, and the primarily and largely Jewish, African American and Latino neighborhoods of South Robertson and Crestview, the Latino Mid-Wilshire subregion, the heavily Korean neighborhoods of Country Club Park and Koreatown, the predominantly Central American neighborhoods of the Byzantine-Latino Quarter and Pico Union, the redeveloping South Park, the Garment District of Downtown Los Angeles and the Mexican-American neighborhood of Boyle Heights.

Sawtelle is a district in the Westside of the city of Los Angeles, California, partially within the West Los Angeles subregion, that may refer to (1) a larger district that is part of the city of Los Angeles, (2) a smaller unincorporated area of the County of Los Angeles that by definition is not part of the municipality of Los Angeles, or (3) a combination of these, sometimes known as the Sawtelle area. The name "Sawtelle" has also been used to refer only to the Veterans Administration complex, including the modern hospital and north of Wilshire Boulevard, the former site of the historical Sawtelle Veterans Home and outbuildings. This area is on unincorporated land west of the Interstate 405 freeway. The entire Sawtelle area includes portions of zip codes 90049, 90064, and 90025 and all of zip code 90073. The community was initially established in 1899 and named after a manager of the Pacific Land Company who initially was responsible for its development and promotion.

West Los Angeles Neighborhood of Los Angeles in California, United States

West Los Angeles is an officially recognized Community Plan area in the city of Los Angeles, California. The residential and commercial neighborhood is divided by the Interstate 405 freeway, and each side is sometimes treated as a distinct neighborhood, mapped differently by different sources. Each of them lies within the larger Westside region of Los Angeles County and together they comprise most of the 90025 zip code.

Cheviot Hills, Los Angeles Neighborhood of Los Angeles in California, United States

Cheviot Hills is a neighborhood of single-family homes on the Westside of the city of Los Angeles, California.

Notable landmarks

Santa Monica Civic Auditorium Santa Monica Civic Auditorium.JPG
Santa Monica Civic Auditorium
McCabe's Guitar Shop McCabe's Guitar Shop, Santa Monica.JPG
McCabe's Guitar Shop
Former National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences headquarters National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Pico & 34th, Los Angeles.JPG
Former National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences headquarters
Westside Pavilion Westside Pavilion.JPG
Westside Pavilion
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Museum of Tolerance.
Byzantine-Latino Quarter Byzantine-Latino Quarter, Los Angeles, California.JPG
Byzantine-Latino Quarter
Los Angeles Convention Center Los Angeles Convention Center.JPG
Los Angeles Convention Center
Fashion District, Pico & Santee Men's Accessory Wholesaler, Fashion District, Pico & Santee, Los Angeles.JPG
Fashion District, Pico & Santee
Santa Monica State Beach beach in Santa Monica, California, United States

Santa Monica State Beach is a California State Park operated by the city of Santa Monica.

Santa Monica Civic Auditorium architectural structure

Santa Monica Civic Auditorium is a multi-purpose convention center at 1855 Main Street in Santa Monica, California, owned by the City of Santa Monica. It was built in 1958 and designed by Welton Becket.

Welton David Becket was an American modern architect who designed many buildings in Los Angeles, California.

Education and transportation

Metro Local Bus system in Los Angeles County, California

Metro Local is a bus service type in Los Angeles County operated by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro). This retronym designation was placed to differentiate it from the Metro Rapid service. Metro Local buses cover both local, limited-stop, and shuttle bus services.

Blue Line (Los Angeles Metro) light rail line running north-south route between Long Beach and downtown Los Angeles

The Blue Line is a 22.0-mile (35.4 km) light rail line running north-south between Los Angeles and Long Beach, California, passing through Downtown Los Angeles, South Los Angeles, Watts, Willowbrook, Compton, Rancho Dominguez and Long Beach in Los Angeles County. It is one of six lines in the Metro Rail system. Opened in 1990, it is the system's oldest and third busiest line with an estimated 22.38 million boardings per year as of December 2017. It is operated by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Expo Line (Los Angeles Metro) light-rail line running between downtown Los Angeles and Culver City

The Expo Line is a 15.2 mi (24.5 km) light rail line that runs between Downtown Los Angeles and Santa Monica. The line is named after Exposition Boulevard, which it runs alongside for most of its route. It is one of the six lines in the Metro Rail system, and is operated by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro).

Pico Boulevard in the media

Pico and Sepulveda, 2008 Pico and Sepulveda Intersection, Los Angeles, CA, 2008.JPG
Pico and Sepulveda, 2008

The music video for the 1991 single "Unfinished Sympathy" by band Massive Attack features singer Shara Nelson walking along West Pico Boulevard in an unbroken camera shot.

The artist Fatlip walks along Pico Boulevard in the music video What's Up Fatlip? and mentions it in the song.

Pico Boulevard is referenced in rock band Weezer's song, LA Girlz.

The 1947 song "Pico and Sepulveda" by Felix Figueroa & His Orchestra (actually Freddy Martin & His Orchestra) was frequently featured on Dr. Demento's syndicated radio show. [1]

In his poem "Hot," Charles Bukowski abandons his mail truck in the intersection of Pico and Western because it stalls and won't start, and he desperately has to get home on time because his girlfriend leaves whenever he's late.

Act five of the This American Life episode 110: Mapping features Jonathan Gold's process of eating at every restaurant on Pico Boulevard.

"South of Pico" is a feature film that focuses on events in the neighborhoods referenced in its title.

The rapper Kool Keith mentions Pico Blvd. in the song "Baddest MC" on the album Matthew.

American singer, songwriter and model Lana Del Rey mentions Pico Blvd. in the song "Honeymoon" on her 2015 album of the same name.

A shootout in James Cameron's 1984 film The Terminator takes place in Tech Noir, a fictional nightclub on Pico.

The song "Pico Boulevard" was released by Margaret Becker on her album "The Reckoning" (Sparrow, 1988).

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Rancho Park, Los Angeles Neighborhood of Los Angeles in California, United States

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La Cienega Boulevard highway in California

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Pico station

Pico is an at-grade light rail station in the Los Angeles County Metro Rail system. It is located in the South Park neighborhood of Downtown Los Angeles, on Flower Street and Pico Boulevard. The station is served by the Metro Blue Line and the Metro Expo Line. The Metro Silver Line buses heading northbound to El Monte Station stop one block west of the station at Figueroa Street and Pico Boulevard. Southbound Silver Line buses heading to Harbor Gateway Transit Center stop at Flower St./Pico Blvd.

Wilshire Boulevard thoroughfare in Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, and Los Angeles, United States

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Sepulveda Boulevard street in Los Angeles, California

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Figueroa Street

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San Vicente Boulevard street in Western Los Angeles running southeast of Beverly Hills, USA

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Washington Boulevard (Los Angeles) road in Los Angeles

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Western Avenue (Los Angeles) street in Los Angeles County, California

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The western border of Santa Monica, California is the 3-mile (4.8 km) stretch of Santa Monica Bay. On its other sides, the city is bordered by various districts of Los Angeles: the northwestern border is Pacific Palisades, the eastern border is Brentwood north of Wilshire Boulevard and West Los Angeles south of Wilshire, the northeastern border is generally San Vicente Boulevard up to the Riviera Country Club, the southwestern border is Venice Beach and the southern border is with West Los Angeles and Mar Vista.

Westwood Boulevard

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Pico and Sepulveda 1947 song performed by Freddy Martin

"Pico and Sepulveda" is a 1947 song by Freddy Martin and his orchestra. Composed by Eddie Maxwell and Jule Styne, it features a Latin-style beat, and Martin used the alias "Felix Figueroa" when performing and recording the song. It was frequently played on the Dr. Demento radio show in the 1970s, serving as the show's opening theme.

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South Park (Downtown Los Angeles) Neighborhood of Los Angeles in County of Los Angeles, California, United States

South Park is a commercial district in southwestern Downtown Los Angeles, California. It is the location of the Los Angeles Convention Center, the Staples Center, and the "L.A. Live" entertainment complex.


  1. Pico and Sepulveda by Felix Figueroa & His Orchestra

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