Abbot Kinney, Los Angeles
With its streetball showdowns, Muscle Beach preening, and world-class people-watching, the boardwalk along the Venice oceanfront has been exposing the seedy side of L.A. to the sunshine for decades. A few blocks inland, the former West Washington Blvd. was renamed in 1990 for Abbot Kinney, the man who conceived the "Venice of America." The boulevard, dotted with destinations such as the bistro Salt Air and the historic denim revival brand The Stronghold, was crowned the Coolest Block in America by GQ a couple years ago.