Coliseum Street

The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum was first proposed in 1920 – “memorial” referring to the soldiers of World War I – and opened in 1923. But Coliseum Street wasn’t laid out until 1936… and it stops two miles short of its namesake! Theoretically it forms a straight light with the eastern portion of Exposition Boulevard, but from the very beginning, developers had Coliseum Street tilt up at Westside Avenue and terminate at Hepburn Avenue, with Rodeo Road (now Obama Boulevard) tilting back down until it meets and merges with Exposition. If someone ever had a more clear-cut plan, it was never realized.