La Brea Avenue

La Brea Avenue is a prominent north-south thoroughfare in the City of Los Angeles and in Los Angeles County, California.

La Brea Avenue
Maintained byBureau of Street Services, City of L.A. DPW
Length21 miles (34 km)
Nearest metro stationLAMetroLogo.svg Expo/La Brea station
South endCentury Boulevard
North endFranklin Avenue
1927 Los Angeles Times map shows (1) the proposed extension of a 100-foot-wide La Brea Avenue between Jefferson Street through the Baldwin Hills toward Inglewood.

La Brea is known for having diverse ethnic communities, and many shops and restaurants along its route.[1]


La Brea is the Spanish phrase meaning "the tar." The La Brea Tar Pits, which the 1828 Mexican land grant Rancho La Brea was named for, are to the west of its intersection with Wilshire Boulevard in the Mid-Wilshire area.

In its early history, its northern section followed Arroyo La Brea, a former creek fed by springs in the Santa Monica Mountains that flowed south into Ballona Creek. Originally the southern section of La Brea Avenue within Inglewood was named Commercial Street.


One end of La Brea Avenue is north of Century Boulevard intersection in Inglewood, as a continuation of Hawthorne Boulevard. It passes north through the View Park-Windsor Hills, Ladera Heights, and Baldwin Hills neighborhoods. It passes through the eastern low Baldwin Hills mountain range, by Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area and the remnant Inglewood Oil Field.

Further north, La Brea passes through Crenshaw and the West Adams neighborhood, and then through the Central Los Angeles area with the Mid-City West, Park La Brea, and Hancock Park neighborhoods. It is the dividing border of eastern West Hollywood and the city of Los Angeles.

The northern end of the avenue is just north of Franklin Avenue, at the foot of the Hollywood Hills in central Hollywood.


Metro Local lines: 40, 212, and 312 operate on La Brea Avenue, as well as Metro Rapid line 740. Lines 212 and 312 serve the majority of La Brea Avenue and Lines 40 and 740 start at Florence Avenue.

An elevated light rail station for the Metro Expo Line is located at the intersection with Exposition Boulevard in the West Adams neighborhood.

An underground station for the Metro Purple Line at Wilshire Boulevard is currently under construction and is due to open in 2023.



  1. ^ Discover Los La Brea Avenue Shopping
  2. ^ "Restaurants". Black Enterprise Magazine. 1974.
  3. ^ Ray Charles Station, West Adams Post Office of Los Angeles CA
  4. ^ The Lyric Theatre | Los Angeles

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