Los Angeles: Where the streets need new names

6th Street in downtown LA. Photo by Thomas Hawk via Flickr/CC.
A sign for 6th Street in downtown Los Angeles. Photo by Thomas Hawk via Flickr/CC.

Too many streets in Los Angeles have boring names: Fair Oaks, Mission, Palms, etc.

When LA Mayor Eric Garcetti approached Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully with the idea of renaming a street after him, the famously humble Scully politely demurred.

That got the folks at Zócalo Public Square thinking: who else deserves to have an LA street named after them?

Some notable Angelos offered up ideas, like rebranding Central Avenue in South LA “Jazz Central” for the music greats who performed there, or renaming Seaside Avenue on Terminal Island in honor of Kihei Nasu, a secretary of the Southern California Japanese Fishermen’s Association.

KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis met with Joe Mathews, California editor of Zócalo Public Square, to talk about some ideas for new street names.

Comments

  1. plumber
    Feb 23, 2014, 8:05 am

    really informative post - learn something new every day by reading blogs like this

  2. Matthew Sargent
    Nov 14, 2013, 12:11 pm

    In reference to the comment in the interview that no one wold dispute that Jackie Robinson was the most famous resident of Pasadena, I disagree. Julia Child, who unlike Robinson was actually born in Pasadena, is more famous -- in fact she has roughly twice as many google results than does Robinson. Robinson can have Fair Oaks, but perhaps we could rename Lake St after Julia.

  • While we're renaming LA streets let me nominate a pair of intersecting streets – I don't care where, but I'd just love to say: "Meet me on the corner of Abbott and Costello"

  • While we're renaming LA streets let me nominate a pair of intersecting streets – I don't care where, but I'd just love to say: "Meet me on the corner of Abbott and Costello"

  • Matthew Sargent

    In reference to the comment in the interview that no one wold dispute that Jackie Robinson was the most famous resident of Pasadena, I disagree. Julia Child, who unlike Robinson was actually born in Pasadena, is more famous — in fact she has roughly twice as many google results than does Robinson. Robinson can have Fair Oaks, but perhaps we could rename Lake St after Julia.

  • really informative post – learn something new every day by reading blogs like this