11 August 2007
Are all the good ones taken?
Was there ever a corps of Professional Street Namers? Because boy, do we need them now:
Main Streets, Oak Streets, Elm Streets. Must've been either people with a tree fetish, or NO imagination (1st Street, 2nd Street). I totally get Broadway, but just who exactly are all the King Streets named after, anyway?? King George? King Kong? King Vitaman?? And what's the deal with Boulevard and Avenue?? A sign-maker who charged by the letter?? That would explain the names of two roads near where I live. "Upper Grassy Hill Road" and "Hoop Hole Hill Road."
Nowadays, only the purveyors of suburban sprawl get to name their new cul-de-sacs, and they've got NO imagination whatsoever! They either name the roads after their daughters, or try to sound British, like "Wintonbury Court."
The one thing you can be sure of is that King Street is not named for Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.
And dare I mention that Bismarck, North Dakota has a Boulevard Avenue?Posted at 6:31 PM to Almost Yogurt