Sunday, March 21, 2010

L.A. Street Names

I found this at Curbed L.A., a video about how various LA streets got their names.  The info is fascinating, the delivery deathly.  I have no idea what they were thinking.  The narration is the worst, voices that might have well have been processed through a computer.  I can't believe the National History Museum of LA was responsible — do they want to perpetuate the myth that history is deadly boring?  Come on, guys, you're in Hollywood!

Anyway, thanks to the video, I finally found out how to pronounce Micheltorena Street!  Hallelujah!  It's me chell tor ena.  Micheltorena was a Spanish governor.  Turns out a lot of street names like La Cienega are named after big rancheros.


Anonymous said...

You must be new in town - the Natural History Museum is not in Hollywood - it is in Los Angeles, near the University of Southern California.

J.A. Pak said...

Of course you are very correct. Technically the museum is not in Hollywood proper.

Geoff said...

Anonymous, I think the writer meant figuratively, not literally, in Hollywood. In other words, the museum is in a city with a surfeit of talent with high production values, so it's surprising the video was so amateurish.

Hope that makes sense.