The quintessential LA street


I snapped this shot the other day during CicLAvia as I was walking on 5th Street (which is a pretty darn magical street) near Irving in Windsor Circle. To me, this represents the quintessential (and perhaps stereotypical) LA street, fringed with tall palm trees on either side to infinity.

Quintessentially California.

It’s also incredibly similar to some other shots I’ve taken recently, like this one which is somewhere in Alhambra from LA’s annual birthday walk. This also says “LA” when you look at it.

Beverly Hills has the best palm trees.

I’ve found myself trying to find more of these typical/stereotypical scenes. This one, in Beverly Hills, for example, is good, but I think the addition of the larger, squatter Canary Island date palms makes for a different kind of look. I seem to gravitate towards streets planted exclusively with slender, swaying Mexican fan palms.


So for example, I should probably find out where this was shot.

If you see any good shots of “quintessential LA streets” send them my way. I’m on the hunt for the most LA street in LA.


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Here’s a great shot of Laveta Terrace in Echo Park by Atley Kasky, which just happens to be the same location that the Golden Road label was shot.

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  • Laura

    Finley Ave in Los Feliz between Hillhurst and Vermont is palm-lined. So is Laveta Terrace north of Sunset in Echo Park. I love these streets, too! Here’s Finley:,-118.287495,3a,75y,277h,89.92t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sFSsVfuCXgQDv9X8yRI1TQg!2e0

    And Laveta:,-118.255141,3a,75y,31.22h,103.78t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1spAHUf5-tmaVq3-6qog4t3w!2e0

  • Alissa

    So awesome! You’ll never believe it but Bill Carmany just sent me a photo of the same street. I’m going to go out and snap it myself soon!

  • Bill C.

    Here is the picture I sent. If anyone reading this can tell me how to get it oriented properly I’m all ears! When I try to add a photo using disqus everything on my camera roll orients vertically and can’t be shifted.

    This is a view from the intersection of Finley and Vermont. I didn’t notice the moon until I looked at the picture afterwards. The mirror noticed it though.

  • Bill C.

    My mistake, I hadn’t realized you posted it. I can verify that neither my car nor the building across the street were on their sides at the time.

    If you go to take pictures, go down Finley a bit and turn south on Rodney Drive. It’s lined on both sides with palms, though a handful have died, leaving frond-free, spindly ghosts behind. I’ve never seen this anywhere else. One worries how they might come down.

    Also, at the Franklin end of this block of Rodney stand what look like disused gateposts or property markers on either side of the street. This, combined with Rodney’s nearly heroic width, leave one awfully curious about the history of the block. There are also some brightly colored mushroom sculptures next to one of the posts (west side). I can’t do them justice by description, nor do I have a sideways photo available.

  • Christa Hartsock

    Wilton between Hollywood & Franklin is lined with palms! There’s also the standard 1940s-ish apartment building with its name on the front in script toward the Franklin end. No photo on hand at the moment, but Google Maps street view captures the feel –,-118.313639,3a,75y,207.59h,84.25t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1siv24ab2Slx9xnZqjBo3Jbw!2e0!4m2!3m1!1s0x80c2bf44f38270c1:0xd6dc2553c84b914d

  • Bill C.

    Updating that last post, the ghost palms on Rodney have been removed. Some of them had been standing there for years. But dozens of live ones remain — fan palms on one side, Canary Island on the other.

  • stevesaldivar

    Great shots! This post has me thinking of the most unlikely streets in L.A. Images that challenge the way we think of Los Angeles.

  • alex

    yellow nail polish is just wrong.