Temple Street, named for 1820s developer John Temple who built LA's first market, theater, courthouse, and offices, faced five divisive attempts to rename it something flashier between the 1920s-50s. Washington, Adams, Jefferson and the rest of the president streets (there used to be more) were named in the 1850s, when the city didn't even own the land the streets sit on. In 1983, Santa Barbara Blvd. became MLK Jr. Blvd. All these interesting tidbits are part of a six-part video series from the Natural History Museum of LA about the streets of the city, and the history behind them. All the videos have that warm soothing museum voice that gently lulls you to sleep.
· NHMLA Channel [Youtube]