Croft Avenue

This street was born in 1922 as Noble Avenue. A perfectly fine name, but after the City of Los Angeles annexed parts of this neighborhood in 1923 and 1924 (the “Evans Addition” and “Fairfax Addition”, respectively), ordinances were passed to rename it Croft Avenue. In those pre-ZIP code days, the City expunged duplicate street names to avoid mail mixups, and since there was already a Noble Avenue in the San Fernando Valley, this Noble met its ignoble demise. Civil engineers probably just picked “Croft” out of an idea file that they maintained for streets that needed new names; I found no relevant namesakes.