Century City, Los Angeles

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Century City
—  Neighborhood of Los Angeles  —
Century City in January 2009
Century City is located in Los Angeles
Century City
Location within Western Los Angeles
Coordinates: 34°03′20″N 118°25′01″W / 34.05556°N 118.41694°W / 34.05556; -118.41694
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Century City
—  Neighborhood of Los Angeles  —
Century City in January 2009
Century City is located in Los Angeles
Century City
Location within Western Los Angeles
Coordinates: 34°03′20″N 118°25′01″W / 34.05556°N 118.41694°W / 34.05556; -118.41694
CountryUnited States
StateCalifornia
CountyLos Angeles
CityLos Angeles
Time zonePST (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST)PDT (UTC-7)

Century City is a 176-acre (712,000-m2) commercial and residential district on the Westside of the city of Los Angeles. It is bounded by Westwood on the west, Rancho Park on the southwest, Cheviot Hills, Beverlywood on the southeast, and the city of Beverly Hills on the northeast. Its major thoroughfares are Santa Monica, Olympic, and Pico boulevards (its northern boundary, central artery, and southern boundary, respectively), as well as Avenue of the Stars and Century Park East and West.

Century City is an important business center, and many firms and executives — particularly those with ties to the film, television, and music industries — have offices there.

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Skyscrapers and other important landmarks

The high-rise buildings along Wilshire Boulevard in Westwood appear to blend in with those of Century City when seen at a distance, although they are separated by over three-quarters of a mile (1.2 km).

Its gleaming high-rises stand in stark contrast to the small apartment buildings and single-family detached homes in the lower-density neighborhoods surrounding it and were some of the first skyscrapers built in Los Angeles after the lifting of earthquake-related height restrictions in the early 1960s.

For many years, it was home to the ABC Entertainment Center, which housed network operations for the ABC Television Network and the Shubert Theatre, which hosted many famous Broadway musicals, such as Beauty and the Beast, Les Misérables, Cats, Annie, Evita, Sunset Boulevard, and Mamma Mia! The Shubert was demolished in 2002 and became replaced by a modern glass building that houses the headquarters of Creative Artists Agency (affectionately known by some as the Death Star), which is part of the complex called Century Park. Another show that Century City can often be seen in is "Modern Family," due to its proximity to Fox Studios.

Some of the most recognized buildings in Century City include:

History

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Avenue of the Stars, 1978.

Once a backlot of 20th Century Fox, which still has its headquarters just to the southwest, the Fox studio commissioned a master-plan development from Welton Becket Associates, which was unveiled at a major press event on the "western" backlot in 1957. In 1961, after Fox suffered a string of expensive flops, culminating in the box-office disaster Cleopatra, the film studio sold about 180 acres (0.73 km2) to developer William Zeckendorf and Aluminum Co. of America, also known as Alcoa. The new owners conceived Century City as "a city within a city."[1] In 1963, the first building, Century City Gateway West, was complete, followed the next year by Minoru Yamasaki's Century Plaza Hotel.

It originally was planned to be served by the Beverly Hills Freeway (Santa Monica Boulevard to the north) and a rapid transit corridor. However, neither of these transportation improvements came to pass, and so Century City is a source of traffic irritation for the residents of Cheviot Hills to the south, since there is no direct freeway access to the center. It is likely that any westward extension of the Los Angeles MTA's Metro Purple Line subway will include a stop at Century City.

Much of the shopping center's architecture and style is shown off in numerous sequences in the 1967 Fox film, A Guide for the Married Man, and can also be seen in a sequence in another Fox film of the same year, Caprice. The way the plaza looked in 1972 can be viewed in several scenes of still another Fox film, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes.

Demographics

In 2009, the Los Angeles Times's "Mapping L.A." project supplied these Century City statistics: population: 5,513; median household income: $95,135.[2]

Economy

Constellation Place (formerly the MGM Tower), the headquarters of several firms

One tower, Constellation Place (formerly the MGM Tower),[3] has the headquarters of Houlihan Lokey,[4] International Creative Management,[5] and International Lease Finance Corporation.[6] Other companies with headquarters in Century City include The Century City News, Crystal Cruises,[7][8] Creative Artists Agency, Moelis & Co, Canyon Capital Advisors, Ares Management, Imperial Capital, LLC and Korn/Ferry International and Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP.[citation needed]

From 2003 to 2011,[9][10] Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer was headquartered in the MGM Tower in Century City.[11] Northrop Grumman was headquartered in Century City until 2011,[12][13][14] when it relocated to the Falls Church, Virginia area.[15] Univision Communications had its headquarters in Century City.[16][17] By 2007 Univision had moved its headquarters to New York City.[18]

Government and infrastructure

The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services SPA 5 West Area Health Office serves Century City.[19]

Emergency services

Fire service

Los Angeles Fire Department Station 92 is the assigned fire station for the district.[20]

Police service

Los Angeles Police Department operates the West Los Angeles Community Police Station at 1663 Butler Avenue, 90025, serving the neighborhood.[21]

Education

The neighborhood is within the Los Angeles Unified School District.[22] Public schools serving it are Westwood Charter Elementary School, Ralph Waldo Emerson Middle School, and Webster Middle School.

Before fall 2007, students in grades 9 through 12 were assigned to Hamilton High School, but in that term LAUSD reassigned Century City's 9th graders to University High School and grades 10 through 12 were to be phased into the University High attendance area.[23]

Notes

  1. ^ Vincent, Roger (June 3, 2008), "Next Century Associates buys the 1960s-era landmark built on a former studio back lot.", Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-century3-2008jun03,1,3628636.story 
  2. ^ "Century City" entry on the Los Angeles Times "Mapping L.A." website
  3. ^ Vincent, Roger. "Energy cells help power Century City skyscraper." Los Angeles Times. February 5, 2012. Retrieved on February 5, 2012.
  4. ^ Steinberg, Julie. "Bucking the Trend, Houlihan Lokey Still Hiring." Finance (The Wall Street Journal). January 24, 2012. Retrieved on February 5, 2012. "Houlihan Lokey, the Los Angeles-based investment bank,[...]"
  5. ^ Nash, James. "Lights, camera, Katrina: rebuilding of Louisiana will affect production in L.A." Los Angeles Business Journal at AllBusiness. Retrieved on February 5, 2012. "[...]International Creative Management Inc., the Los Angeles-based talent and literary agency."
  6. ^ "Contact Us." International Lease Finance Corporation. Retrieved on 6 May 2011. "10250 Constellation Blvd. Suite 3400 Los Angeles, CA 90067 USA"
  7. ^ "Contact Us." Crystal Cruises. Retrieved on January 20, 2010. "Crystal Cruises 2049 Century Park East Suite 1400 Los Angeles, CA 90067"
  8. ^ "Article: Los Angeles-Based Crystal Cruises Moves to Nearby Location." PR Newswire. August 19, 1998. Retrieved on January 20, 2010. "Effective September 8, Crystal Cruises is relocating to larger headquarters a few blocks from its current location in the Century City area of Los Angeles, California."
  9. ^ Fixmer, Andy. "Yahoo signing for office space that MGM is leaving behind." Los Angeles Business Journal at AllBusiness. Retrieved on February 5, 2012.
  10. ^ "MGM HOLDINGS INC. For the quarterly period ended June 30, 2011." (Archive) Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. Retrieved on February 6, 2012. "10250 Constellation Boulevard Los Angeles, California 90067 (Address of corporate headquarters through August 19, 2011)" and "245 North Beverly Drive Beverly Hills, California 90210 (Address of corporate headquarters beginning August 22, 2011)"
  11. ^ Vincent, Roger and Claudia Eller. "MGM to move from luxurious Century City offices." Los Angeles Times. December 30, 2010. Retrieved on February 6, 2012.
  12. ^ "Company Locations." Northrop Grumman. Retrieved on May 12, 2009. "Northrop Grumman Corporate Headquarters* 1840 Century Park East Los Angeles, California 90067-2199"
  13. ^ Hyland, Alexa. "SoCal’s Aerospace Sector Still Has Lots of Lift." Los Angeles Business Journal. January 11, 2010. Retrieved on January 10, 2010.
  14. ^ "Company Locations." Northrop Grumman. Retrieved on May 12, 2009.
  15. ^ "The Ticker." Washington Post, January 4, 2010. Retrieved on January 4, 2010.
  16. ^ "2001 Annual Report." Univision Communications. 36 (20/20). Retrieved on March 30, 2010. "Corporate Headquarters Univision Communications Inc. 1999 Avenue of the Stars Suite 3050 Los Angeles, CA 90067"
  17. ^ James, Meg. "IN BRIEF / MEDIA; Televisa Ends Attempt to Take Over Univision." Los Angeles Times. September 19, 2006. Business Part C Business Desk C6. Retrieved on March 30, 2010. "Univision is based in Century City."
  18. ^ James, Meg. "TELEVISION; Univision's new image is star of the party." Los Angeles Times. May 17, 2007. C1. Retrieved on August 28, 2011. "With the acquisition, Univision has moved its corporate headquarters from Los Angeles to New York, where Uva is based."
  19. ^ "About Us." Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. Retrieved on March 18, 2010.
  20. ^ "Fire Station 92," Los Angeles Fire Department
  21. ^ http://www.lapdonline.org/west_la_community_police_station lapdonline.org
  22. ^ Upscale living in Tinseltown's back lot January 11, 2004, Los Angeles Times
  23. ^ http://www.laschools.org/employee/mpd/fs-mpd/download/07-08_webmaps/Proj04.pdf laschools.org

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Coordinates: 34°03′20″N 118°25′01″W / 34.05556°N 118.41694°W / 34.05556; -118.41694