In this circa 1930 view of the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, we can see how undeveloped the land was around it. Lost of wide-open spaces and places to park. I’d say this was the view from Beverly Drive from which you could see the entire hotel, as well as the Beverly Hills Brown Derby on the corner of Wilshire and Rodeo. (On the far right we can juuuuust see the derby-shaped sign.)
The same view in March 2016 – a little more crowded, huh?