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Another east-to-west avenue, Melrose is home to one of L.A.'s trendiest shopping districts, with most of the shops located between La Brea Avenue and San Vicente Boulevard. One indication of the highs and lows Melrose Avenue embraces is the fact that it is home to the power dining of Morton's (8764 Melrose) as well as Pink's (Melrose at La Brea). Morton's is the place Julia Phillips was referring to in her Hollywood tell-all You'll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again, while Pink's is a hot-dog joint where Eddie Murphy pulls up in a limo, and where Sean Penn proposed to Madonna.

These trendy environs are the setting of producer Aaron Spelling's over-the-top twenty-something melodrama, "Melrose Place." The popular TV series goes some distance toward proving that Melrose, like Hollywood, is more than a place -- it's a frame of mind.