Meanwhile, across town… Our namesake Figueroa Street—the western-most border for Los Angeles—is still called Calle de Las Chapules, or Grasshopper Street. Every year, a grasshopper army hatched in the plains and devoured everything green in their path. If they reached Grasshopper Street, the viñatero (wine merchant) knew his grape crop was doomed. Grasshoppers of doom. Oh, the drama.
From the 1880s to today… Figueroa Street honors José Figueroa, Mexican governor of California from 1833 to 1835. And we honor the grasshoppers, because they went West before anyone else.