40 Wonderful Photos Show What Los Angeles Looked Like in the 1970s

Los Angeles, often referred to by its initials L.A., is a major city in the U.S. state of California. With a 2020 population of 3,898,747, it is the largest city in the state, as well as the second-largest city in the United States following New York City. Los Angeles is known for its Mediterranean climate, ethnic and cultural diversity, Hollywood film industry, and sprawling metropolitan area.

The city of Los Angeles lies in a basin in Southern California. Adjacent to the Pacific Ocean extending through the Santa Monica Mountains and into the San Fernando Valley it covers about 469 square miles (1,210 km2). It is the seat of Los Angeles County, which is the most populous county in the United States with just over 10 million residents in 2020.

Home to the Chumash and Tongva indigenous peoples, the area that became Los Angeles was claimed by Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo for Spain in 1542. The city was founded on September 4, 1781, under Spanish governor Felipe de Neve, on the village of Yaanga. It became a part of Mexico in 1821 following the Mexican War of Independence. In 1848, at the end of the Mexican–American War, Los Angeles and the rest of California were purchased as part of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, and thus became part of the United States. Los Angeles was incorporated as a municipality on April 4, 1850, five months before California achieved statehood. The discovery of oil in the 1890s brought rapid growth to the city. The city was further expanded with the completion of the Los Angeles Aqueduct in 1913, which delivers water from Eastern California.

Los Angeles has a diverse economy, and hosts businesses in a broad range of professional and cultural fields. It also has the busiest container port in the Americas. In 2018, the Los Angeles metropolitan area had a gross metropolitan product of over $1.0 trillion, making it the city with the third-largest GDP in the world, after Tokyo and New York City. Los Angeles hosted the 1932 and 1984 Summer Olympics and will host the 2028 Summer Olympics. More recently, statewide droughts in California have further strained both the city’s and Los Angeles County’s water security. (Wikipedia)

These fascinating photos show what Los Angeles looked like in the 1970s.

Los Angeles street scenes, 1970
The demolition of L. A. High after the earthquake of February 1971

Morrison Hotel, Los Angeles, May 1972
Western Avenue looking south toward Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, 1972
The Broadway, Los Angeles, 1973
Viewed from the roving restaurant in Los Angeles, 1973
Gelson’s market, Century City, Los Angeles, 1974
Hollywood and Vine, Los Angeles, 1974
Union Station, Los Angeles, June 1974
Wilshire Blvd, the ‘Miracle Mile’, between Crescent Heights Blvd and La Jolla Ave, 1974
A Trans World Airlines (TWA) Lockheed L-1011 TriStar turning on to the runway for takeoff at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in November 1976
KPOL radio station on Sunset Blvd, 1976
Sunset and La Brea, Hollywood, 1976
Sunset Blvd and Fairfax Ave, Hollywood, 1976
Sunset Strip, Los Angeles, 1976
6th Street, Los Angeles, 1977
7th Street, Los Angeles, 1977
Broadway and 7th st, Los Angeles, 1977
Brown Derby Restaurant, Wilshire Blvd, 1977
CBS building and entrance Los Angeles, 1977
Downtown sidewalk, Los Angeles, August 1977
Figueroa Street, Downtown Los Angeles, 1977
Gravman’s Chinese Theater, Hollywood Blvd, 1977
Hollywood and Vine with Drug King Building, 1977
Hollywood Blvd Japanese restaurants, 1977
Looking across Broadway, Los Angeles, 1977
Olivera Street, Los Angeles, 1977
Park Square near City Hall with artwork in center, 1977
Pershing Square, Los Angeles, 1977
Gas War Prices, Los Angeles, 1977
7th and Hill St looking towards the May Com, Los Angeles, 1977
Couple on the street, Los Angeles, June 1978
Hollywood Blvd at Highland Ave, Hollywood, 1978
Sunset and Highland, Hollywood, 1978
View from Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles, 1978
Los Angeles street scene, 1979
The Sunset Strip with billboards for Cher, Eddie Money and Judy Collins, Los Angeles, 1979
Vermont Avenue looking south from 1st Street, Los Angeles, 1972
Wilshire Boulevard, downtown LA, Feb. 1979
Los Angeles street scene, 1979

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