Los Angeles is as much a story as it is a city; people come to witness (and seek) fame, wealth, good weather, or the alleged California joie de vivre. And as much as anywhere in the city, Sunset Boulevard captures that ethos.
Obviously LA is more complicated than its reputation, but Sunset is still a decent place to start digging into the city. To that end, Vice’s travel team recently produced a 20 minute mini documentary on the famed street, following it from it’s origins in downtown all the way to the beach.
Some Angelenos have been debating Vice’s take on the city of late, voicing some annoyance with what basically amounts to the Vice-y-ness of it all. Which is fair.
Still, as a travel text, this video hits a lot of really great stuff. There’s an interview with Pulitzer-winning LA Times food critic Jonathan Gold, a discussion of Olvera Street, and a segment on gentrification — all significant parts of the LA story that are almost certainly missed by most visitors.
The video also dives into the history of beach culture, music on the Sunset Strip, and other things. All of which makes the video a pretty solid first introduction to a street that many people visit but which takes time to understand.
— Jim Dalrymple II