The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

11 August 2006

I'll take Unreal Estate for $1000, Alex

A Rocket Jones observation:

Ever notice how when a new housing development is going up, if it's Something Estates then it's ritzy and pricey, and if it's Whatever Heights then it's always "affordable" housing. If I had the money, I'd do a development called Estates Heights just to see what would happen.

I wonder what he'd make of the Flats in Cleveland.

Actually, I live in Whatever Heights, and it's more or less "affordable" (despite what you may have heard), but it's not especially high, and you'd think one of the irreducible characteristics of something called "Heights" would be, well, height. Similar liberties are taken elsewhere in the city: "Bricktown" now apparently means "anywhere within a couple of miles of downtown," Flower Garden Park has been short on flora in recent years, and don't even think that the Northwest Expressway has anything "express" about it. (Well, there's Express Personnel, I suppose.) And I've grumbled before about Basswood Canyon Road, inasmuch as we have neither canyons nor basswood. What's more, someone had the temerity to name a moderate-to-high-zoot development "Rivendell", and I'm pretty sure it wasn't Elrond.

Posted at 6:16 AM to City Scene


What's more, someone had the temerity to name a moderate-to-high-zoot development "Rivendell", and I'm pretty sure it wasn't Elrond.

Any chance there's a Scientology connection to it?

Over here closer to the coast, we get things like "X Meadows" or "X Grove" or "The Drainage Ditches at X."

(Okay, that last one was a slight exaggeration, except for the "at X" formulation.)

Posted by: McGehee at 9:50 AM on 11 August 2006