The north-south route between downtown Los Angeles and the Harbor roughly follows what is now Avalon Boulevard. Near the harbor in Wilmington, it was called "Canal Street," but just south of L.A., the street was known as South Park.
Matt Roth, historian for the Automobile Club of Southern California, says there was a park, the city's first, at the corner of what is now 51st and Avalon.
"And it was a leisure ground. It had trees. It was an area that was advertised as the lungs of the city. It would be a place of respite and leisure as the city's growth moved south."
South Park the street is gone. But the park remains. It was built with money from an 1890s bond measure and remodeled after World War II by the noted architect Paul Williams.
Meanwhile, the name South Park has been appropriated for the new development near Staples Center.
(Airdate for this story: 7/15/07)