What 10 Spanish Street Names in Metro Phoenix Mean in English

Ever wondered what the Spanish-language street names in the Phoenix area actually mean in English? (Particularly if your Spanish game isn't quite up to par, and you don't recognize half the words on the Filiberto's menu.)

We're here to help, as we've made very literal translations of some of our most prominent Spanish street names:

10.) Rio Salado Parkway: Salt River Parkway. Logical name because of the riverbed it runs along.
9.) Monte Vista Road: Mountain View Road. This one's not next to a mountain, but if you're rich enough to live in this high-rise condo complex in downtown Phoenix, you can see all the metro mountains, especially Camelback. 
8.) Encanto Boulevard: Charming Boulevard. Lovely, and it goes along with the lovely old homes in this downtown Phoenix neighborhood.
7.) Manzanita Drive: Little Apple Drive. Less literally, this street in North Phoenix is named after the manzanita shrubs, which are native to here but don't grow miniature apples.

6) Corona Avenue: Crown Avenue. 
Now you know why there's a crown in the beer company's logo, not that there's anything regal about the South Phoenix neighborhood this avenue traverses.
5.) Alta Vista Road: High View Road. Strange name for this road in flat-as-a-pancake South Phoenix.
4.) Montebello Avenue: This is not not even Spanish.  It's Italian for "Beautiful Mountain" Avenue. And there's one in sight, Camelback, from this avenue's Central Phoenix location.
3.) Via de Ventura: The Way of Fortune. Well it does run through pricey McCormick Ranch in Scottsdale.
2.) El Camino Drive: The Road Drive. Because that makes sense.

1.) Palo Verde Drive: Green Stick Drive. The little lane off Interstate 17 north of the 101 is named after the beautiful desert trees, which indeed are thick to thin, sinuous green sticks.

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Matthew Hendley
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