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    Stupid Street Names

    I just think everyone needs to see this.

    http://digg.com/offbeat_news/Stupid_Street_Names

    Any other good examples?

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    Quote Originally posted by Cinewalt View post
    I just think everyone needs to see this.

    http://digg.com/offbeat_news/Stupid_Street_Names

    Any other good examples?

    Street names should be standardized so that the developers can't use their kids names (i.e. Billy Street). This stupidity wreaks havoc on 911.
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    Cinewalt, those names are hillarious.

    Stupid:

    Naming streets after plants that do not grow in the region:
    "Pineapple Way", "Coconut Lane", "Mesquite Parkway", "Cactus Circle". Might be more tolerable if the houses were Spanish Colonial instead of Cape Cod.

    Changing street names every few blocks (this isn't London!)

    However, I think the following are very creative:

    There is a street in a town named Dixon or Mason Dixon (I forgot). On the north side of this street all of the streets in the subdivision are named after Union victories during the Civil War (Vicksburg, Antietam, Gettysburg, etc.). On the south side of Dixon all of the streets in the subdivision are named after Confederate victories (Bull Run, Fredericksburg, etc.). I wonder how many other people picked up on it.

    Another subvision named streets after insignifcant/forgotten presidents: Cleveland, Fillmore, Buchanan, van Buren, Pierce, etc.

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    Motown heros

    Here's a map showing a redeveloped area in the Motor City:
    http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Aretha...4849&z=17&om=1

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    Quote Originally posted by Veloise View post
    Here's a map showing a redeveloped area in the Motor City:
    http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Aretha...4849&z=17&om=1
    Well hey, they're cool; they're connected to Detroit; why not??

    After all, you know what they say about burbs: “Where they cut down all the trees and then name the streets after them”; much of the US toponomasy could be characterized as: “Where they kilt all the injuns and then named the towns/states/locales after them”

    [disclaimer: I’m not accusing Usians of genocide or making fun of the wipe-out of the aboriginal population – just the historical fact that most place-names of native-American origin are in places with very short of native Americans]
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    Street names that I find stupid, is when within one subidvision you have Oak Street, Oak Place, Oak Court, and Oak Lane going on... That is so frustrating when trying to find a place.

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    Street Names that make you say, "What?"

    There's a significant north/south street here in Clearwater named Belcher Road. Chances are you cross it to get to our house and there's always a double check by folks when I give'em directions that include that road. Followed by dead silence as they're trying to figure out if I'm kidding.
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    My favorites dumb names are up in northern Los Angeles County (around Palmdale)... , L-1...K-1, K-2, K-3 etc up to K-16
    2. Then the streets going the other way are 10 east, 11 east, etc.

    Funniest part they are layed out 10 to the mile one way, and 16 to the mile the other way. Makes you wonder if some engineer/planner way back picked up the wrong scale when they were laying out the lines
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    Near where I grew up in Tucson there is a road called Super Chicken Drive.
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    We had a developer who objected that we made him create and build a road for his minor subdivision. So he named the road Knot A Road.

    Guess he showed us, huh?
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    Quote Originally posted by Brocktoon View post
    Near where I grew up in Tucson there is a road called Super Chicken Drive.
    Is that an OOPS ? - Link is to detroit not to tucson
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    Brothers' Partnership Court.

    In the famed Prospect development in Longmont, Colorado, the street names are quite bizarre. Tenacity Drive, Neon Forest Circle, Tempted Way Drive, Half Measures Drive, and Incorrigible Circle.

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    Quote Originally posted by Tobinn View post
    There's a significant north/south street here in Clearwater named Belcher Road. Chances are you cross it to get to our house and there's always a double check by folks when I give'em directions that include that road. Followed by dead silence as they're trying to figure out if I'm kidding.
    As any good UMass grad can tell you, there is a whole BelcherTOWN next to Amherst. Good for laughs on the way to a frat party.

    My favorite local street name is Electric Avenue. Makes me think of the 80's. Of course, it was probably named in the 1880's when they first got electric lights in the area, but I can't get the song out of my mind...

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    More metro Detroit humor

    http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Big+Be...7122&z=16&om=1

    If I did this right, you'll also see a significant exit number.

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    There is a street in a suburban community near where I live called "Secluded Ravine" As if the soccer-mom demographic that they target is so dumb that they actually have to have it spelled out for them. The irony of course is that it is true – that they actually are that stupid that they will by some overpriced pretentious piece of garbage just because it has the name Secluded Ravine.

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    I had one developer that named every street after plants and flowers. Guess which cul-de-sac didn't sell.

    Columbine Court

    I warned him. He didn't listen. He ended up filing a plat correction.

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    I was working on a map in rural Texas (I think it was, may have been IA/IL). Military bases have the craziest names I swear! One road that ran through the main town to the base was named "Tank Destroyer Boulevard".

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    Columbia, Maryland, about halfway between Baltimore and Washington, is a planned community that was developed large-scale in the 60s and 70s. In addition to their weird street signs, the whole community got stuck with some rather strange street names (many of them imagery taken from famous poems). Here's a selection:

    Weather Worm Way
    Sealed Message Road
    Quiet Times
    Dried Earth Boulevard
    Broken Lute Way
    Deep Cup
    Midas Touch
    Mellow Wine Way

    Another "master-planned community," Del Webb's Anthem, Arizona outside of Phoenix, has streets with some sort of creepy American-propaganda theme:
    Freedom Way
    Integrity Trail
    Justice Way
    Honor Court
    Inspiration Drive
    Wisdom Way
    Dedication Trail

    ...and streets named for Charles Kuralt, Frank Capra, and George Gershwin.

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    Yeah, Columbia's a real gem.

    I personally like "Wood Elves Way." It's right near the Hobbit's Glen Golf Club. Seriously. You can't make this stuff up.

    I stumbled across this one the other day, a little subdivision in Baltimore County...

    Washington Irving Lane
    Van Winkle Lane
    Icabod Lane
    Crane Lane
    Van Tassel Lane
    Sleepy Hollow Lane
    Tarrytown Lane
    Apparition Lane


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    wish I'd taken a photo of this one - someone wrote over the second G and replaced it with a B.
    http://maps.google.com.au/maps?f=q&h...0434&z=18&om=0
    I'm such a child

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    Quote Originally posted by drucee View post
    Another "master-planned community," Del Webb's Anthem, Arizona outside of Phoenix, has streets with some sort of creepy American-propaganda theme:
    Freedom Way
    Integrity Trail
    Justice Way
    Honor Court
    Inspiration Drive
    Wisdom Way
    Dedication Trail.
    I wonder what a Canadian-propaganda themed subdivision would have for street names:

    Politeness Drive
    Courtesy Lane
    Mosaic Circle
    Maple Leaf Court
    Slapshot Drive
    Hog Line Road
    Weekend Cottage Street
    We're Better Than The States Parkway



    I like some of the unusual street names in Prospect New Town in Longmont, Colorado has some great names.

    Neon Forest Circle
    Tenacity Drive
    Half Measures Drive
    Ionosphere Drive
    Incorrigible Circle
    Confidence Drive
    Tempted Ways Drive
    100 Year Party Court

    EDIT: eaten by PennPlanner

    All we seem to get around here where I work are the hick-ish "developer's daughters" names; "Kelli Court", "Kaylee Lane", and so on.

    When I worked in New Mexico, developers would always try to get preliminary plats past us with Spanish profanities as street names - Calle de Los Pendejos, Avenida de Cabron, Calle de Chingadora, and so on.

    I've pointed this out before, but ... here's the undisputed winner for strange street names.

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    Several years ago, a new street with the name MORNINGWOOD CT was platted here in Appleton. After a couple of years of frustration of having to replace the sign every few months (it kept getting stolen), the city council renamed the street to MORNINGVIEW CT.



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    must be a popular theme

    Quote Originally posted by SuperPenguin View post
    Yeah, Columbia's a real gem.

    I personally like "Wood Elves Way." It's right near the Hobbit's Glen Golf Club. Seriously. You can't make this stuff up.

    I stumbled across this one the other day, a little subdivision in Baltimore County...

    Washington Irving Lane
    Van Winkle Lane
    Icabod Lane
    Crane Lane
    Van Tassel Lane
    Sleepy Hollow Lane
    Tarrytown Lane
    Apparition Lane

    Longwood, FL has one of those subdivisions, called, suprisingly, " Sleepy Hollow"

    http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Longwo...i=map&ct=image

    Names are

    Ichabod Trail
    Raven Rock Lane
    Brom Bones Lane
    Tarrytown Trail
    Sleepy Hollow Cove
    Horseman Cove
    Tappan Zee Lane
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    That would make much more sense in the Hudson Valley (NY) than in Longwood, FL. Unless perhaps the developers are selling to a lot of New Yorkers?

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    sleepy hollow

    Well Longwood is in the Orlando area...so I dont know about your theory, but the subdivision looks a little creepy when you drive by, heavily treed, a little dark, big stone wall around the edge. I'm pretty sure its a product of the late 70's...
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