Los Angeles is a sprawling city in Southern California and the hub of the nation's film and television industry. On Hollywood Boulevard, the TCL Chinese Theater displays the handprints and toes of celebrities, the Walk of Fame celebrates thousands of personalities, and vendors offer maps of the stars' homes. At the end of the 19th century, the ambitious boosters in Los Angeles realized that the only way to make their city into the metropolis of their dreams was to secure a much larger and more consistent water supply. The dining culture of Los Angeles is a fusion of global cuisine inspired by the city's rich history and immigrant population.Also known as the Port of Los Angeles and WORLDPORT LA, the port complex covers 7,500 acres (30 km) of land and water along 43 miles (69 km) of coastline.
Los Angeles is often characterized by low-rise buildings, unlike New York City. However, this is complicated by its rugged terrain, which necessitates different grids for each of the valleys that Los Angeles covers. Los Angeles is abundant in native plant species, due to its variety of habitats, including beaches, wetlands and mountains.In 1881, after years of expanding the “manifest destiny” of the United States, Southern Pacific Railroad completed a road to Los Angeles, connecting it with the rest of America. The Japanese make up 0.9% of Los Angeles' population and have a Little Tokyo in the center of town, while another major Japanese American community is located in Sawtelle district in West Los Angeles.
African-Americans have been the predominant ethnic group in South Los Angeles since the 1960s, making it the largest African-American community in the western United States. Many of these native species, such as the Los Angeles sunflower, have become so rare that they are considered endangered.In addition to Metrolink's rail service and that provided by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Amtrak offers intercity passenger trains. Both Biograph and Selig-Polyscope began shooting in Los Angeles in 1910, but it was with Cecil B. DeMille's arrival that Hollywood truly took off.
The Los Angeles city statutes, ratified by voters in 1999, created a system of consultative neighborhood councils that would represent all stakeholders - people who live, work or own property in a neighborhood.Drivers in Los Angeles experience one of the worst rush hour periods in the world according to an annual traffic index prepared by navigation system manufacturer TomTom. Due to its history, Los Angeles remains one of the most racially diverse cities in America.