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Los Angeles, California
Laurel Canyon is a canyon neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, and like Topanga Canyon very oriented to the central thoroughfare, Laurel Canyon Boulevard. There are many side roads that branch off the main canyon, but most of them are not through streets, reinforcing the neighborhood as self-contained. It was first settled in the 1920s, and became a part of Los Angeles in 1923. Unlike other canyon neighborhoods, Laurel Canyon has houses lining one side of the main street most of the way up to Mulholland Drive. Some of the main side streets are Mount Olympus, Kirkwood, Wonderland, and Lookout Mountain Avenue.
It is an important transit corridor between West Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley, specifically Studio City. The division between the two can roughly be defined by the intersection of Laurel Canyon & Mulholland Drive. As of the first few months of 2005, the first section of the road on the Hollywood side had been partially washed away in a rainstorm, and traffic was still being redirected to a normally quiet residential side street going along the main drive.
Mentioned in Plastic People: "And there's this guy from the C.I.A. and he's creeping around Laurel Canyon".
Mentioned in Telephone Conversation: "If he didn't get ya in Laurel Canyon, he won't get you here."
In Data For Sensitive or Critical-sensitive Position Zappa named Laurel Canyon as his "favorite place".