Los Angeles has more streets than any other city in the U.S. with 7,500 miles worth of road, which makes up about 15% of all the land in the city. From east to west, north to south, , Los Angeles’ streets stretch through various distinct neighborhoods that have their own personalities and residents. Angelenos’ livelihoods depend on the road, so some of the cities main hubs revolve around elongated thoroughfares like Santa Monica Boulevard and Wilshire Boulevard, which both run from the beach to the inland valleys.
Los Angeles is the second city featured in Vice’s City Guides. In partnership with Google, Vice has lunched curated travel guides for those travelers looking to get a more “local feel” and unique experience. People can save Vice’s local recommendations directly to their mobile devices using Google’s MyMaps app and create personal itineraries. As part of the LA City Guide, Vice produced a short documentary, “Streets by VICE, on one of the city’s most iconic streets: Sunset Boulevard.
“Sunset Boulevard has become shorthand for what Los Angeles represents in the collective imagination. But LA is more than just the generic fame and affluence depicted on TV and film. It’s a gigantic, diverse, and complicated city, divided into disparate neighborhoods. To really know it, you have to travel the entire expanse from east to west, across the glitz and grit of a series of colliding communities”
The episode of Streets by VICE takes viewers cruising down Sunset, stopping at venues along the way to talk to native Angelenos about the economic and cultural influences that have defined their neighborhoods. Watch it below and check out Vice’s LA City Guide.