Mapping the Fancy New Developments Headed for the Once Scuzzy Sunset Strip

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The Sunset Strip is only about a mile and a half long, but in the last few years, it’s been a magnet for high-end developments: hotels, apartments, condos, mixed-use projects. From the Frank Gehry-designed 8150 Sunset project to the Gwyneth Paltrow-approved, private Arts Club, the Sunset Strip is classing it up, as the Wall Street Journal noted this week.

People who used to come to the Strip to attend the Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Roxy or see the Doors at the Whisky probably have a very different idea of this stretch of the boulevard. The Strip was, through the decades, a place for mobsters and celebrities, counterculture weirdos and hippies (the Source Family cult had a restaurant here, punks, and terrible hair metal bands to congregate).
But now, as the Hustler stores of the Strip are replaced with expensive condos, starchitecture, and boutique hotels, the Sunset Strip is poised to become fancier than ever. Check out all the projects that are going to radically alter this segment of Sunset Boulevard.

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