West Hollywood a hot spot for music, dining

West Hollywood a hot spot for music, dining

As one local puts it, "People go to Hollywood to see the handprints. When people think of what they see on TV — reality shows, the glamour, 'Entourage' — that's West Hollywood."

As its name suggests, West Hollywood is bounded on the east by Hollywood. Packed into 1.9 square miles, it's a city unto itself. Literally. Though it has a long and colorful history, tracing its beginnings to the late 1800s and becoming the playground for Hollywood types back to the '20s, it didn't become a city until it was carved out of the unincorporated Los Angeles area in 1984.

Today its population doubles on weekends as out-of-towners are drawn to the tidy, pedestrian-friendly city...