20th Street Ensley

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20th Street Ensley is a the main street running southeast-northwest through the Ensley business district.

It enters the neighborhood as a continuation of Birmingport Road (Alabama State Highway 269) from Sherman Heights, crossing over U. S. Steel's former Ensley Works on the Don Drennen Overpass.

The divided road proceeds southeast to Avenue I, then bends to the east and intersects Ensley-Five Points West Avenue at what was once a major streetcar stop nicknamed Tuxedo Junction. The junction was a lively entertainment district at the height of the jazz age and its name is preserved in Erskine Hawkins' composition, now a standard of the jazz repertoire.

20th Street continues southeast for another block before its interchange with I-20/59. The surface street continues underneath the interstate as 21st Street Ensley.

Four shorter sections of 20th appear south of the interstate. One runs between 21st Street and Bush Boulevard. Another branches off to the east and ends at Avenue Z. Another section picks up from there and bends around, connecting again to Bush Boulevard at 17th Street. A fourth runs between 20th Place and Border Street a block south of Bush Boulevard.

MAX Transit Route 38 stops at several points along 20th Street in downtown Ensley.

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