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Old 01-21-2010, 07:30 AM
FoieGrasIsEvil FoieGrasIsEvil is offline
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Interesting/Clever Street and Subdivision Names!

I have a subdivision near where I live that has a name I really like: Seldom Seen.

I like it because its fairly unique as far as subdivision names go, which are usually called something like "King's Ridge" or "Martin's Landing" or something like that.

There's also a street near me called "Easy Way", which has awoken that juvenile temptation in me to steal the sign and hang it in my basement or something!

What are some of your interesting street or subdivision names near where you live?

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Old 01-21-2010, 07:51 AM
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Not far from me are a Drury Lane (no muffin shops there, though) and a Lois Lane. It's hard for me to believe that the street namers weren't doing these on purpose.
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Old 01-21-2010, 09:04 AM
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Not "clever," as such - but sorta interesting.

There's a small street in Burnaby that has been blocked off with a concrete abutment where it intersects with a major artery, because it's sort of a blind corner and the frequent accidents there were getting monotonous. (Street view here.)

Haszard St -- nominative determinism for roads.
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Old 01-21-2010, 09:10 AM
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There is an Easy St. here in my city ...
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Old 01-21-2010, 09:12 AM
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Some London streets: Old Jewry, Petty France, London Wall, Little Britain, Cloth Fair.
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Old 01-21-2010, 09:36 AM
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Those are great. And yeah Cal, the "street namers" had to know what they were doing.

I think some roads are interesting how they get their names. Obviously some are just made-up names by developers and such, but others have a story behind them.

I always liked to imagine the story behind Rolling Road in Fairfax County VA where I used to live, which got its name from:

The early settlers grew tobacco as did the American Indians before them. Wooden hogsheads filled with tobacco were rolled and pushed by men, horses or oxen on "rolling roads" from inland plantations to the Potomac River.

http://www.westspringfieldvillage.or...y/history.html
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Old 01-21-2010, 09:41 AM
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Warp Drive.
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Old 01-21-2010, 10:03 AM
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There must be Star Trek fans in the local street naming office. In addition to Warp Drive, there's Impulse Lane, Picard Lane, Picard Court, Crusher Avenue and Ryker Court (Commander Riker must be pissed they misspelled his name...).
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Old 01-21-2010, 10:20 AM
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Shed Road in Bossier City, LA (just outside of Shreveport) was, essentially, a nine mile long shed used when transporting cotton. It's no longer covered, of course, but still a major artery in the city.

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Old 01-21-2010, 10:28 AM
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A street in a nearby subdivision is called Hemming Way. Makes my husband groan every time we drive past it.
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Old 01-21-2010, 10:37 AM
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There's a subdivision in Northern Virginia, called Camelot. As you can imagine, it's got street names like "King Arthur".

Which is uninteresting enough... until you realize that Guinevere doesn't intersect King Arthur, but DOES intersect Launcelot .

Cite.
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Old 01-21-2010, 11:01 AM
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My favorite street name in my hometown: Rabbit Run.

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Old 01-21-2010, 11:31 AM
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A street in a nearby subdivision is called Hemming Way. Makes my husband groan every time we drive past it.
I think that's awesome!
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There's a subdivision in Northern Virginia, called Camelot. As you can imagine, it's got street names like "King Arthur".

Which is uninteresting enough... until you realize that Guinevere doesn't intersect King Arthur, but DOES intersect Launcelot .

Cite.
That's not too far from Burke where I used to live. So its safe to say Lancelot had his WAY with her?
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My favorite street name in my hometown: Rabbit Run.
Another one near where I work here on the west side of Cincinnati is called Devil's Backbone. I imagine trick or treating there is quite popular!
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Old 01-21-2010, 11:55 AM
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My brother lives in a subdivision where most of the street names are horse-related, in a division where the main roads are named after local mountains or valleys or such. The older roads nearby are named after long-forgotten civic folk or engineers or something, but one street -- man, I just don't know. There might be a perfectly rational alternate explanation, but -- really...

Yah Way???
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Old 01-21-2010, 12:07 PM
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Somebody is being blasphemous. Yahweh is the ancient Hebrew name of God. It's considered sacred and is never written out fully to keep people from using it in vain.

Enjoy,
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Old 01-21-2010, 12:11 PM
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Somebody is being blasphemous. Yahweh is the ancient Hebrew name of God. It's considered sacred and is never written out fully to keep people from using it in vain.

Enjoy,
Steven
Noah Way!
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Old 01-21-2010, 12:14 PM
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The most interesting street name I can think of is no doubt unintentional. The street is Flicker. This doesn't seem particularly interesting, except that in street sign font, if you only get a quick glance the L and the I can combine into one word. It's just enough to cause a massive doubletake every time I see it.
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Old 01-21-2010, 12:25 PM
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My brother lives in a subdivision where most of the street names are horse-related, in a division where the main roads are named after local mountains or valleys or such. The older roads nearby are named after long-forgotten civic folk or engineers or something, but one street -- man, I just don't know. There might be a perfectly rational alternate explanation, but -- really...

Yah Way???
That's a really good one!

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Noah Way!
Bwah hahaahhahahahaha!!!!
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Old 01-21-2010, 12:32 PM
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There is a Lords Way in my county. There are also three streets on one of our islands called, Damfiknow, Damficare and Damfiwill.
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Old 01-21-2010, 02:36 PM
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There are also three streets on one of our islands called, Damfiknow, Damficare and Damfiwill.
Really?
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Old 01-21-2010, 03:17 PM
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One of my favorites has always been This Way and That Way in Lake Jackson, TX

http://www.city-data.com/picfilesc/picc58261.php
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Old 01-21-2010, 03:28 PM
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There's a short street here where I live called The Lane with somewhat nice houses. What amuses me is the street sign, crafted apparently by some nameless, faceless, clueless member of our street department. "THE" is written in large capital letters and "lane" in small tiny letters in the top right corner of the sign. Sort of like this

THE Lane
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Old 01-21-2010, 03:46 PM
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The suburb I grew up in had both a Lane Road and a Lane Avenue, but not a Lane Lane. Go figure.
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Old 01-21-2010, 03:50 PM
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In my town there is a 2 year old subdivision of very nice homes called Bluegrass Meadows. One of the streets is Mando Lane.
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Old 01-21-2010, 03:55 PM
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http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&sour...ont+05055&z=16

4 Wheel Drive, Norwich VT.

When enchanced 911 came to rural VT a lot of roads without names needed names ASAP. A bunch of amusing names were created at that time.
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Old 01-21-2010, 09:07 PM
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Ragged Ass Road.
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Old 01-21-2010, 10:17 PM
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Believe it or not:
"Morning Dove Circle"
At least it is a small, obsure place
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Old 01-21-2010, 11:51 PM
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Not far from me are a Drury Lane (no muffin shops there, though) and a Lois Lane. It's hard for me to believe that the street namers weren't doing these on purpose.
Somewhere on Long Island is the intersection of Lois Lane and Frankie Lane.
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Old 01-21-2010, 11:57 PM
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A teacher I knew lived on Sesame Street. I just can't remember if it was a town near Columbus, GA or one near Colorado Springs, CO...it was a long time ago.
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Old 01-22-2010, 12:01 AM
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Similarly, a road was built at considerable expense leading out of Iqaluit, Nunavut, to... nowhere in particular. For one reason or another (one account suggests it was for a landfill that was later cancelled), it just stops in the middle of the tundra.

So with typical Northern aplomb, it was named -- officially -- Road to Nowhere.
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Old 01-22-2010, 12:03 AM
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There is a very short street in downtown Los Angeles called Dewap Way.

The only building on it is the office of the DEpartment of WAter and Power.
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Old 01-22-2010, 07:50 AM
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Really?
Yup. South end of Gasparilla Island FLA.
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Old 01-22-2010, 08:09 AM
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Yup. South end of Gasparilla Island FLA.
I was going to guess Northwest Michigan. There are lots of little private roads around the lakes which have been given colorful names by their owners.
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Old 01-22-2010, 10:24 AM
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There's a Penny Lane near my house.
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Old 01-22-2010, 10:40 AM
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There's a sprawl of McMansions in the northern part of the county in a development called Wild Creek. Some of the streets are 'Great Muskrat', 'Wooded Bog', 'Wild Turkey', and 'Nesting Duck'. Ironic, since the homes of all the wild critters living there have been bulldozed so these palaces could be erected. (I don't know why they don't give those developments more realistic names - Snob Acres, Starbucks Run, Abercrombie & Fitch Lane, Coked Up Mom Street...)
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Old 01-22-2010, 10:52 AM
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Labor in Vain Road in Ipswich, MA. I've always wanted to know the story behind that one.
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Old 01-22-2010, 11:10 AM
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Back to Sodom Road, North Creek NY. Near the town of Sodom.
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Old 01-22-2010, 11:27 AM
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There's a short, very steep road with a pub at the bottom in a small town near my place. It's called Falldown Lane.
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Old 01-22-2010, 11:32 AM
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One of my favorites has always been This Way and That Way in Lake Jackson, TX

http://www.city-data.com/picfilesc/picc58261.php
IIRC, there's also a street by a church called His Way.
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Old 01-22-2010, 11:34 AM
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I don't know why they don't give those developments more realistic names - Coked Up Mom Street...
Oooh, I want to live there.
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There's a short, very steep road with a pub at the bottom in a small town near my place. It's called Falldown Lane.
That's great. Is there an intersecting sidestreet called Stakeout Way?
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Old 01-22-2010, 01:39 PM
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Some of these, and others, were covered in this thread I started:

Subdivision Street Name Themes
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Old 01-22-2010, 01:46 PM
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Here in Tucson there is a street called Calle Sin Nombre, which for those who are a bit rusty on their Spanish means, Street without a Name
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Old 01-22-2010, 01:55 PM
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Oooh, I want to live there.


That's great. Is there an intersecting sidestreet called Stakeout Way?
No.
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Old 01-22-2010, 04:26 PM
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No.
It was a joking reference to the fact that you said that the road was called Falldown Lane, its very steep and there's a pub at the bottom of the hill. My joking about a "Stakeout" was that it sounded like a perfect combination for cops to sit in their cruisers and watch for drunk drivers coming from the pub.
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Old 01-23-2010, 12:05 AM
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No fewer than three Quebec municipalities have streets named Rue des PME. PME stands for "petites et moyennes entreprises," or small and medium businesses.

Yeesh.
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Old 01-23-2010, 12:20 AM
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No fewer than three Quebec municipalities have streets named Rue des PME. PME stands for "petites et moyennes entreprises," or small and medium businesses.

Yeesh.
Where's the "Rue des PMS" when you need it?
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Old 01-23-2010, 04:19 AM
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Only time this ever happened in my town was when some nimrod in the sign shop put one up that read 21TH ST.
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Old 01-24-2010, 08:15 AM
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I used to live on Memory Lane in Asheville, NC
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Old 01-24-2010, 09:05 AM
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There is a short street called Crabapple Lane here. The funny thing is, you picture a sort of rustic little country lane with pink flowery trees, and all it is is a conduit from one grim, half empty industrial park to the next, with a couple of what my mom called 'necky hokies'. They should just rename it 'Industrial Park Shortcut'.
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Old 01-24-2010, 09:19 AM
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There's this little block near me where all the street names are after places in the Lord of the Rings.
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