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Aerial view of the Century City neighborhood; Fox Studios still occupies the lower left quadrant.
Century City Skyline as seen from Runyon Canyon Park. Feb. 19th, 2006
View of the Century City skyline from the Getty Center. Downtown Los Angeles (Bunker Hill district) can faintly be seen to the east of Century City. Taken December 22, 2004.

Century City is a 176-acre (712,000-m2) commercial and residential district on the West Side of the City of Los Angeles. It is bounded by Westwood on the west, Rancho Park on the southwest, Cheviot Hills and 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 law 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).

Skyline from Santa Monica Boulevard

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 Theater," which hosted many famous Broadway Musicals, such as: Beauty and the Beast, Les Misérables, and Mamma Mia, which is based on the famous popular rock band ABBA. The Shubert was demolished in 2002 and became replaced by a modern glass building that houses the headquarters Creative Artists Agency affectionately known as the Death Star, which is part of the complex called Century Park.

Some of the most recognized buildings in Century City include:

History

At the southern end of Century City, Fox Plaza towers over the nearby neighborhoods.

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

Northrop Grumman is headquartered in Century City,[3][4][5] but on January 4, 2010 announced plans to move to the Washington Metropolitan Area by 2011.[6]

Crystal Cruises has its headquarters in Century City.[7][8] Korn/Ferry is headquartered in Century City.[citation needed]

Government and infrastructure

The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services SPA 5 West Area Health Office serves Century City.[9]

Emergency services

Fire service

Los Angeles Fire Department Station 92 is the assigned fire station for the district.[10]

Police service

Los Angeles Police Department operates the West Los Angeles Community Police Station at 1663 Butler Avenue, 90025, serving the neighborhood.[11]

Education

Westwood Charter School

The neighborhood is within the Los Angeles Unified School District.[12] Public schools serving it are Westwood Charter Elementary School, Raplph 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.[13]

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. ^ "Company Locations." Northrop Grumman. Retrieved on May 12, 2009.
  4. ^ Hyland, Alexa. "SoCal’s Aerospace Sector Still Has Lots of Lift." Los Angeles Business Journal. January 11, 2010. Retrieved on January 10, 2010.
  5. ^ "Company Locations." Northrop Grumman. Retrieved on May 12, 2009.
  6. ^ "The Ticker." Washington Post, January 4, 2010. Retrieved on January 4, 2010.
  7. ^ "Contact Us." Crystal Cruises. Retrieved on January 20, 2010.
  8. ^ "Article: Los Angeles-Based Crystal Cruises Moves to Nearby Location." PR Newswire. August 19, 1998. Retrieved on January 20, 2010.
  9. ^ "About Us." Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. Retrieved on March 18, 2010.
  10. ^ "Fire Station 92," Los Angeles Fire Department
  11. ^ http://www.lapdonline.org/west_la_community_police_station lapdonline.org
  12. ^ Upscale living in Tinseltown's back lot January 11, 2004, Los Angeles Times
  13. ^ 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


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Century City is a neighborhood on the West Side of Los Angeles.

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By plane

  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX): LAX is about 20-30 minutes away from century city, and has a very large amount of flights to and from the airport.
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