The Sunset Strip holds a special place in the hearts of generations of Angelenos, whether it was those who knew it as the counterculture hub of the 1960s or those who flocked there in the ’80s to hear hair metal bands play at the Roxy and the Whisky.
Now the Sunset Strip is in flux, with proposals cropping for new tall hotels and large-scale mixed-use developments. (Not everyone is pleased about it: A plan to build a Frank Gehry-designed retail and residential complex at Crescent Heights was sued twice.)
There are plenty of developments underway right now that will soon bring hundreds of new hotel rooms, residences, and store fronts to this part of Sunset Boulevard. Below, photo comparisons show the difference between today and the Sunset Strip of just five or 10 years ago.
But work has yet to start on some of the Strip’s most high-profile projects, from private clubs to that Gehry-designed development. In those cases, present day photos are contrasted with renderings that show how different the boulevard will look once those developments are complete.