Do you ever get tired of hearing fabulous tales of the star-studded goings-on that take place on the west coast on world-renowned Los Angeles Blvd? Or the five-star dining and über-exclusive retail experiences to be had up north on New York Boulevard?
Of course not. Because streets with those names don’t exist in those cities. New York and Los Angeles and Chicago and (fill in your favorite major market city here) have major thoroughfares of culture and commerce with names that are unique, distinctive and memorable. Sunset Boulevard. Lake Shore Drive. Broadway (luckily, we’ve already got one of those).
Mayor Mick Cornett is inexplicably desperate for the boulevard at the epicenter of Oklahoma City’s Core to Shore development to be named … Oklahoma City Boulevard.
There is a Los Angeles Street in Los Angeles, a block east of Main Street downtown, though it peters out around 23rd Street. A boulevard, it is not.
There’s Las Vegas Boulevard, at the heart of the famous Strip — though the Strip is not actually in the city of Las Vegas, but runs through a couple of unincorporated areas of Clark County.
Do you know where you’ll find major streets named after cities? In other cities. Miami Boulevard can be found in Dayton, OH. Our frenemies up in Tulsa have Boston Avenue. We’ve even got Portland Avenue here in town (though it’s thankfully free of suicidal, caffeinated hipster douchebags).
We have a Tulsa Avenue, in fact, though Tulsa doesn’t have an Oklahoma City Avenue. For that matter, Tulsa doesn’t even have a Tulsa Avenue. What can we learn from this?
The only remotely-creative names concocted in the last 15 years in this town were these: two sports teams — Thunder (NBA) and Barons (AHL) — and one Web site. I think we can safely say that you’re not going to see anyone driving along Dustbury Boulevard West.