Encino areas groomed or replanted row upon row of orange trees, especially along the
boulevards, and Beverly Hills capitalized on its already famous use of palm trees.
Running parallel to Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive was originally a bridle
path. It wasn’t unusual to see beautifully dressed riders trotting their equally beautiful
horses beside us as we cruised up the boulevard the first couple years we lived in Los
Angeles. Hollywood equestrians would ride the trail and then lunch at the Beverly
Wilshire Hotel. But the city wanted to limit horseback riding, and encouraged the use of
bicycles instead. By the time I had graduated from high school, the bicycle path was
removed and the center median became a lush green lawn. Today, Beverly Drive is still
embellished with the famous palm trees, but the small homes that lined the street have
been replaced with elegant gated and guarded manors.
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