The 21st Century

Los Angeles 21st Century Skyline imageSo far, there isn’t much to go on in the history books, but you might want to check Newspaper Archives if there is something you particularly want to find not covered in the highlights up to 2009 listed here.

2001 saw the Academy Awards find a new home. The Kodak Theatre opens, while the futuristic shopping mall Hollywood & Highland opens next door.

In 2002 voters defeated efforts by the San Fernando Valley and Hollywood to secede from the city. Also, the the 11-story Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels opens in Downtown L.A. It replaces St. Vibiana’s as the main center of worship. It is designed with the Old World in mind.

2003 – The Walt Disney Concert Hall becomes a symbol for the city, and a new home for the Los Angeles Philharmonic with its virtually perfect acoustics.

Antonio Villaraigosa becomes mayor of Los Angeles in 2005. He’s the city’s first Hispanic mayor since 1872. He got featured on the cover of Newsweek after his election, with the headline “Latino Power.”

2006 saw the Getty Museum in Malibu reopen after some years of renovation as the Getty Villa. The Foundation’s collection of Greek, Roman and Etruscan antiquities are housed here. Also the  Griffith Observatory reopens after extensive renovations. In this year the population has risen to 3,976,071, while Los Angeles County population is up to 10,245,572 making it the nation’s largest county.

L.A. LIVE opens in Downtown Los Angeles in 2008. LACMA now hosts the Broad Contemporary Art Museum.

Madame Tussauds opens in Hollywood in 2009. It is a world-wide phenomenon. There are other branches in Las Vegas, New York, Washington D.C., Europe, Asia and Australia.