West Hollywood was incorporated in 1984. It is home to the Sunset Strip and is considered one of the most prominent gay villages in the country. It is bounded by the city of Beverly Hills on the west and Hollywood Hills on the north. West Hollywood benefits from a very dense, compact urban form of small lots, mixed land use and a walkable street grid. By 1780, what became the Sunset Strip was the major connecting road for the El Pueblo de Los Angeles and all ranches westward to the Pacific Ocean. In the early 1980’s the first large land development in what would later become West Hollywood – the town of “Sherman” – was established by Moses Sherman and his partners of the Los Angeles Pacific Railroad. For many years the area that is now West Hollywood was an unincorporated area in LA. Because gambling was illegal in the city of Los Angeles, but still legal in LA County, the 1920s saw the rise of many casinos and night clubs along Sunset Blvd. Those businesses were exempt from the law enforcement of the LA Police Department. Due to the desirability of the less restricted area of the County, West Hollywood became home to a number of architecturally distinctive apartment buildings and hotels including the Sunset Marquis Hotel. Even interior designers wanted there showrooms located in West Hollywood. Today West Hollywood is also the location of the largest Halloween street party in the country, the West Hollywood Halloween Carnival. With endless amounts of dining, shopping and outdoor space, West Hollywood is a lovely place to call home within Los Angeles.
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