Figueroa Street

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Figueroa Street
LADOT Figueroa St Sign.svg
Length 25.00 mi (40.23 km)
South end SR 110 in Los Angeles
Major
junctions
US 101 in Los Angeles
I‑10 in Los Angeles
I‑105 in Los Angeles
SR 91 in Los Angeles
I‑405 in Los Angeles
SR 1 in Los Angeles
North end Gibson Blvd in Los Angeles
Staples Center at 12th Street

Figueroa Street is a street in Los Angeles County, California named for General José Figueroa (1792 – 9 September 1835), governor of Alta California from 1833 to 1835, who oversaw the secularization of the missions of California. One of the longer streets in Los Angeles, it runs in a north/south direction for more than 30 miles (48 km) between the communities of Eagle Rock and Wilmington. Termini are at Harry Bridges Boulevard in San Pedro, and just north of the Ventura Freeway west of Pasadena, with a break between San Fernando Road in Cypress Park and College Street in Chinatown.

An early routing of Figueroa Street near downtown Los Angeles was part of U.S. Route 66, today a part of the Arroyo Seco Parkway. The noted Figueroa Street Tunnels were once a part of that same stretch of roadway. Figueroa resumes its course near the overcrossing of Sunset Boulevard over the Pasadena Freeway, just north of the "stack" or four-level interchange. The road passes through downtown Los Angeles near Bunker Hill and South Park. South of the Financial District, Figueroa Street services some popular locations including Staples Center/L.A. Live, the Los Angeles Convention Center, and the University of Southern California. For the rest of its southbound journey, Figueroa Street runs parallel to the Harbor Freeway (Interstate 110) in South Los Angeles. The only portion of Figueroa Street that lies outside Los Angeles city limits is in the city of Carson, but it soon reenters Los Angeles near Wilmington. The street ends at Harry Bridges Boulevard north of the Los Angeles neighborhood of San Pedro.

Some of the southern termini was once part of U.S. Route 6 before its almost total decommissioning through California in 1964; indeed, Figueroa Street at Pacific Coast Highway was the actual western terminus of that highway,[citation needed] although maps show that US 6 went as far east as Atlantic Avenue in Long Beach.

Early maps produced by the Automobile Club of Southern California measured distances to Los Angeles from the club's headquarters at the intersection of Figueroa Street with Adams Boulevard.[1]

On April 2, 2011, a portion of the street at Jefferson Boulevard was blocked off for the "Orange Carpet" and the grandstand for the broadcasting of the 2011 Kids' Choice Awards.

History[edit]

Entrance of Grammy Museum at L.A. Live

Figueroa was originally called Calle de los Chapules (or Grasshopper Street). Later in the 1880s it became known as "Pearl Street". The section of what is now Figueroa in Highland Park above Avenue 39 was known as "Pasadena Avenue" until Figueroa was extended through Elysian Park. The portion of what is now Figueroa between the Los Angeles River and Avenue 39 was originally known as Drayton Street until the Arroyo Parkway went through. [2]

Education[edit]

Transportation[edit]

Metro Local Line 81 bus stop at Figueroa and 65th Streets, Los Angeles, California. Metro Local Line 81 runs on Figueroa Street.

The Metro Green Line operates a station underneath Interstate 105 at Figueroa Street. Metro Local Line 81 operates on Figueroa Street between Colorado Boulevard and Interstate 105 and Torrance Transit Line 1 between Interstate 105 and the Harbor Gateway Transit Center. The Metro Silver Line runs on Figueroa Street between 23rd and 12th Streets. Northbound Silver line trips to El Monte Bus Station continue north on Figueroa Street to serve the 7th Street / Metro Center and finally turn right on 6th street, leaving Figueroa Street. Southbound Silver Line trips to Harbor Gateway Transit Center enter on Figueroa Street from 12th street. There are 2 Silver line street stops served by both directions: Figueroa/Pico & Figueroa/Washington. In addition, there are 5 Metro Silver Line Stations served on the Harbor Transitway close to Figueroa Street: 37th Street/USC Station, Slauson Station, Manchester/I-110, Harbor Freeway/I-105 Station, and Rosecrans Station. The Harbor Transitway is located on the I-110 freeway, between Figueroa Street and Broadway. The Lincoln/Cypress Station for the Metro Gold Line on Avenue 26 at its intersection with Lacy Street is about a 5 minute walk from Figueroa Street.

Notable Landmarks[edit]

Buildings on Figueroa[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ See Route 66: Traveler's Guide and Roadside Companion by Tom Snyder for examples
  2. ^ Lucas, Greg (29 September 2011). "The Streets of Los Angeles". California's Capitol. Retrieved 22 Jun 2012. Grasshopper Street – Calle de los Chapules – is now Figueroa which, in turn, is a tip of the hat to the former Mexican Governor Jose Figueroa. 


Coordinates: 34°2′59″N 118°15′34″W / 34.04972°N 118.25944°W / 34.04972; -118.25944