This paper traces the short Los Angeles byway once known as Calle de los negros (later known as Negro Alley or Nigger Alley, briefly as an extension of Arcadia Street, later still as a frontage section of North Los Angeles Street), its changing human and spatial geography, and its eventual erasure, to uncover the historical processes of bringing social and spatial order to a zone considered disorderly from 1855 to 1951.

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