Streets in the Greater Los Angeles Area

La Cienega Bl: La Cienega Blvd as ran from Sunset Blvd on the north to Washington Blvd on the south. Where it crossed Venice Blvd the Pacific Electric tracks in the median of Venice Blvd had a bridge over La Cienega Blvd. The plan was to extend La Cienega Blvd south to link up with Freeman Blvd in Inglewood. (At one time, the segment of Fairfax Av between Stocker St and 64th St was known as La Cienega Blvd.) The plan seems to be that La Cienega Blvd would extend due south from Washington Blvd and run through the Baldwin Hills to meet Freeman Blvd at Centinela Av. There was a minor street called Moynier Lane running into the Baldwin Hills from Adams Blvd south. Adams Blvd met Venice Blvd and La Cienega Blvd at a "5 point" intersection.

What happened was Adams Blvd was rerouted slightly to meet Washington Blvd a little farther east at Comey Av, and terminated there. The segment of Adams between Venice and Washington became La Cienega Blvd. The segment of La Cienega Blvd between Venice and Washington became La Cienega Avenue. A curve was built between Washington Blvd and Smiley Dr to connect with Moynier Lane. Then Moynier Lane south of Smiley became La Cienega Blvd. (The portion of Moynier Lane between Jefferson and Rodeo had been Jefferson Blvd briefly.) Moynier Lane into the Baldwin Hills was widened and extended over the Baldwin Hills, through Standard Oil's Inglewood oil field, to meet Freeman Blvd at Centinela Av.

Before about 1960, the portion of this highway in Inglewood was known as Freeman Blvd. The plan was to extend it into west Torrance. Where Freeman Blvd went through the city of Los Angeles, it bore the title Anza Avenue, for the final name had not been agreed on. South of Imperial Hwy it was Anza Av, the highway terminating at Rosecrans Av. It was supposed to continue south to Manhattan Beach Blvd, but the segment between Rosecrans and Marine Av (fka Compton Blvd) was never built. The segment from Marine Av to Manhattan Beach Blvd was built, and named Freeman Blvd.

South of Manhattan Beach Blvd, the roadway was to veer to the east slightly, and join with the extension of Inglewood Avenue at Robinson St. This portion was built, but not opened to through traffic. It had a right-of-way for a 100 foot wide street, but it was paved with about half that width to traffic. Sidewalks were constructed as well. It runs behind the back yards of houses on Johnston Avenue and Pinckard Avenue. Those houses seem to have an easement in their back yard, which would account for the rest of the right of way. I think the City of Redondo Beach has recently abandoned the easement, because, the older houses have two fences, and anything constructed on what would be the easement is quite new. This segment has recently been renamed White Circle. The portion of Vail Avenue just south of Manhattan Beach Blvd would also have been taken over by Freeman Avenue, and there is the same kind of easement on the east side of this portion. The extension of Inglewood Avenue was built, but it was later named Beland Blvd, and Inglewood Avenue continued at its own longitude to Artesia Blvd.

The combined Inglewood-Freeman Blvd was to continue south, at a longitude about halfway between. But this was planned long after that portion of Redondo Beach was developed. It would have taken over Phelan Lane, and then Lilienthal Lane, south of Ripley Avenue. A new roadway would be constructed in Torrance.

The new roadway was constructed in Torrance, and named Anza Avenue. But it ends at 190th St. So traffic must jog eastward to Inglewood Avenue at 190th.

In Torrance, part of the route took over Valerie St. It was many years before Anza Avenue finally reached Pacific Coast Hwy on the south.