Pico Boulevard

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Pico Boulevard
Maintained byBureau of Street Services, City of L.A. DPW
LocationSanta Monica, Los Angeles
West endPacific Ocean in Santa Monica
Major
junctions
Lincoln Blvd. in Santa Monica
I‑10 in West Los Angeles
I‑405 in West Los Angeles
La Cienega Blvd. in Los Angeles
Western Avenue in Los Angeles
I‑110 in Downtown Los Angeles
East endCentral Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles
 
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Pico Boulevard
Maintained byBureau of Street Services, City of L.A. DPW
LocationSanta Monica, Los Angeles
West endPacific Ocean in Santa Monica
Major
junctions
Lincoln Blvd. in Santa Monica
I‑10 in West Los Angeles
I‑405 in West Los Angeles
La Cienega Blvd. in Los Angeles
Western Avenue in Los Angeles
I‑110 in Downtown Los Angeles
East endCentral 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.

Description[edit]

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).

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.

Pico Blvd. at Pacific Ocean

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, and the Garment District of Downtown Los Angeles.

Pico Boulevard in the media[edit]

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.

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.

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

Notable landmarks[edit]

McCabe's Guitar Shop
Byzantine-Latino Quarter
Los Angeles Convention Center
Fashion District, Pico & Santee

Education and transportation[edit]

See also[edit]

Gallery of landmarks along Pico Boulevard[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]