The City of West Hollywood, covering 1.9 square miles, has a population of approximately 37,000 residents. The city is bordered by Hollywood Hills on the north, the Fairfax District on the south, Hollywood on the east, and Beverly Hills on the west.
The city was incorporated as an independent city on November 29, 1984 and became the first city in America to have a majority of gays on the City Council. West Hollywood was one of the first cities in the nation to adopt a Domestic Partnership Ordinance in 1985 to provide equal rights for domestic & married partners in the city. Due to the vibrant, creative, and diverse residences and businesses, “The Creative City” was chosen as West Hollywood’s official motto.
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The City of West Hollywood was originally named the Town of Sherman after Moses Hazeltine Sherman (1853-1932), who owned the Los Angeles-Pacific Railroad Company. Prior to Mr. Sherman’s arrival, the town consisted of cattle ranches and agricultural fields. Moses Sherman and his brother-in-law, Eli Clark, dominated the Los Angeles street railroad scene for two decades. In 1896, General Sherman (as he was called) originally bought 5.6 acres of land at the corner of Santa Monica Blvd. and San Vicente Blvd. for his headquarters, car barn, shop, and powerhouse. The location is known today as the site of the famous Pacific Design Center. The area in the back and below the “Sherman Yards” was swampland, so Sherman filled the area. Sherman bought an additional 14 acres on which he built more buildings and more track.