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Name that subdivision

Cardinal

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If only developers would put as much imagination into a subdivision's design as they do into its name.... "Park Forest Hills" is invariably a flat and treeless former cornfield a half mile from the nearest park. "Cambridge Estates" will be a collection of identical, vinyl-clad, garage dominated, earth-toned houses without the slightest English influence. Blooming Meadows? Oak Ridge? Park Place? You get the picture -- boring, bland, beige.... In a fit of contempt and alliteration I offer the following names:

Taupe Towne
Homogenized Hills
Vinyl Village
Plastic Palisades
Abominable Acres

How do you refer to our tasteless development patterns?
 

Planzilla

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How about:
Treeless Forest
Cowpasture Village
Tasteless Estates

and for old-hippies-turned-yuppies:
Imagine No Imagination City
 

Super Amputee Cat

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How about this: The Village of Forest Lakes, which is an actual subdivision of pop-and-fresh garages (with houses attached) where they tore down most of the trees for a man- made lake. It's not really a village because zoning probits corner stores, apartments, small houses, detached garages, alleys, bike lanes, and anything else you can think of that make a well planned community. Everything in this place is fake, save the bug-guts on the licence plates of the three SUVs in each driveway.

Here are some other subdivision names sure to attract yuppies in droves:

Chip Shot Commons
Five Iron Farms
Putter Place

Cappuccino Court
Expresso Estates
 

Cosmic

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Pine Village,
Pine Court,
Pine Street,
Pine Road,
Pine Crescent;
Country Pine Court,
Country Pine Street,
Country Pine Cresent,
Neighbourhood of Country Pines ...
and I'm not kidding.
 

Planter

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I'm especially happy to see that the name game is now being applied to shopping centers as well, with the same dichotomies of name versus reality. Our latest is the mega-big box, 20-acre treeless parking lot, make sure your children are roped together as you sprint across the drive aisles, suburban nightmare; called most appropriately, "The Family Center."
 

ZonedOut

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Subdivisions

The irony is that they name subdivisions after whatever they ripped down, burned, buried, and destroyed. I.e. Our wonderful field of chestnuts was bulldozed to make way for Chestnut Hills Subdivision. A lovely treeless set of lots.
 
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Phoenix Arizona and its suburban surroundings contain some subdivision names that will truly make you shake you head in bewilderment. One elitist view-lot area is incorporated as the town of Paradise Valley. Dan Quayle lives there. Not my idea of Paradise - maybe a conservative Republican's.

In another suburb , a free-way wide throughfare that runs through a subdivision of poppin' fresh taupe cookie cutters is named Utopia Drive. Who are they trying to kid ?
 

Gary

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Basic rule is that you name the development for what was there before you plowed it under.
 
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What a great topic for a peeve-off!! Here are a few that I will share from home (in Ontario, Canada..it's a Canadian problem too!)

-"Conservation Meadows" (...and WHAT is it that we're conserving?..oh, wait, there's a conservation area across the street)

-"Lakeshore" (no lake ANYwhere near this subdivision!????)

-"Alpine Village" (Alpine..not what you would envision for flat-terrain, cross-country skiing)

here are also some of our really thoughtful street names too!

-"Wake Robin Crescent" (Wake up-a little suzy, wake up!)

-"Wind Jammer Way"...incidentally, a house under construction on this street blew down in a wind storm....

I can't think of more at the moment, but I'm sure they'll pop into my had. And when they do!!
 

Super Amputee Cat

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It disheartens me to learn that this is occuring in Canada. I thought cheezy subdivision names were exclusively an American phenominon.

Seems to me like Canada is becoming more like the U. S. everyday, and I don't mean it as a compliment. Gone are the 10 oz. Coke cans and Chevy Beaumonts. Today everything looks the same whether you're in Detroit or Windsor, Niagara Falls, N. Y. or Niagara Falls, Ontario.

I guess, I shouldn't be surprised. We were in Niagara Falls earlier this year. The last time I was there was 1975 when I was nine years old. Almost everything I remember has been obliterated: Replaced by Casinos, Planet Hollywood and creeping crud subdivisions.

Still, there is a lot less sprawl than here in the U. S. When America becomes a smog and traffic-choked Hellhole in the next few years wraught by the proliferation of subdivisions and SUVs,I may have to move there...into an existing house of course. I don't want any blood on my hands.
 
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Drew:

I think sprawl is much more prominent here in the U.S. because there are so many more people in the U.S. than in Canada. Canada's population is only about 25 million, in comparison to the U.S.'s some 625 million. That's HUGE difference...

The other thing is that there really is a great deal of sprawl occurring, at least where I am from (Southern Ontario). One of the biggest problems is that the strip of south/southwestern Ontario from about Windsor to Montreal (Quebec) contains the majority of Canada's most fertile farmland..and it's disappearing VERY quickly..

Yeah, you could move to Canada when the U.S. gets too bad, but you may have to move to the Prairie provinces or to north-north Ontario where either the climate is unfavored to most people or where people can't build at all because of the permafrost. You're right, it IS a sad situation and it is a North American problem and both of our countries are guilty of contributing.

Your solution of moving into an existing house is a decision that I would also make based on your reasoning. It's kind of like recycling...you can't make everyone do it, but if you do what you know is right, and recycle, then you've done what you can!
 

kathryn1

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We have many subdivisions like that in my town.

Jackson Lake - has a nice, little 12 acre "lake," the developer now wants to fill in 4 acres of the lake.

Rockford Hills - a national home builder bought a development designed by another company on a property with significant slopes. The home builder decided to blast, cut and fill to make the land fit their slab homes, instead of designing homes to fit the land.

We also have many farms that are now subdivisions, so the subdivision is always named something farms.

Your professor is absolutely right
 

H2OPlanner

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Clayton, That actually is a good idea and if that subdivision naming process became law think of how that might protect the environment and the residential consumer. How many people would move into a new subdivision named "Slimey Swamp Estates" or "City Landfill Place" or better still "Toxic Dump Acres". Conjures up an interesting picture doesn't it?????
 

luckless pedestrian

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I used to ask the Historical Society for family names that owned the property way back when so at least there was some recognition of the history of the town - most developers liked it and used them but not all

I will try that here at my new gig if possible
 

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Doohickie

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I thought it was common knowledge that subdivisions are named for the flora or fauna that they displace. Robin's Glen, Turtle Creek, Oak Grove, Amber Meadows and the list goes on . . . .
Our subdivision is named for the geographical feature it's built on, and it's still here: South Hills. One of the main roads through the neighborhood runs on either side of the stream it's named for: Westcreek. The creek is still there, albeit channelized.
 

Super Amputee Cat

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This post must have been made before I was Super Amputee Cat.

Also, Planzilla. Not seen since September 25, 2005 :(
 

Dan

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My hometown is about 40 years behind the curve when it comes to naming subdivisons. No "[Something] at [Something]", no "The [Somethings]", no Austin-style hipster names like "Lucid West" or "Sibilance". It's like developers are still celebrating the Bicentennial with Ye Old Coloniale names -- shit along the lines of "Old Post Estates" or "Gaslight Village". I wouldn't be surprised if they're still building houses with intercoms, bidets, and garbage compactors. They're also old school when it comes to urban and suburban apartment building and complex names -- "[Something] Lofts" is about as hipster as it gets in the city, and the 'burbs cling to their Spirit of '76 memories.

Nobody living in my exurban subdivision knows its name, but I do. Westwood Hills. When I told my Los Angeles born-and-raised wife about the name, her response was something like "Yeah, right."
 

Bubba

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Previous subdivision: Spring Creek. There were a couple of creeks that cut through the development, so presumably one of them was Spring Creek.

Current subdivision: Hunters Crossing. Been here for almost two years, but I have yet to see any hunters crossing the road (or anything else). Plenty of deer in the 'hood, though...

Side note on some of the comments about trees in this thread - I've owned two houses, and both are in subdivisions that started being developed in the late 1970s. And, both developers kept as many trees as they could, and largely built the houses to accommodate the existing topography. The downside to that is the stupid squirrels burying acorns from the chestnut oaks in my front yard, which apparently means I'm going to have to pull up a hundred or so oak tree saplings every spring...
 

luckless pedestrian

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Off-topic:

I wouldn't be surprised if they're still building houses with intercoms, bidets, and garbage compactors. T

We had an intercom in my house growing up from upstairs to the basement (where the playroom was!)

Garbage compactors are making a comeback with the pay-as-you-throw bag systems.
 

Doohickie

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Previous subdivision: Spring Creek. There were a couple of creeks that cut through the development, so presumably one of them was Spring Creek.
Our old house was on the corner of Meadow Creek Drive. Meadow Creek is a eupemism for the storm culvert under Meadow Creek Drive. According to HistoricAerials.com, there was never a creek, just a meadow. Meadow Creek runs, in the pipe, to the end of Meadow Creek Drive, under Meadowcreek Elementary School, and dumps into Sycamore Creek in Creekside Park.
 

Super Amputee Cat

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Current subdivision: Hunters Crossing. Been here for almost two years, but I have yet to see any hunters crossing the road (or anything else). Plenty of deer in the 'hood, though...

Side note on some of the comments about trees in this thread - I've owned two houses, and both are in subdivisions that started being developed in the late 1970s. And, both developers kept as many trees as they could, and largely built the houses to accommodate the existing topography. The downside to that is the stupid squirrels burying acorns from the chestnut oaks in my front yard, which apparently means I'm going to have to pull up a hundred or so oak tree saplings every spring...
There's a Hunters Crossing in a Toledo suburb too. Lot's of pop-and-fresh McMansions, but no Hunters since the meadow and woods were plowed over in the early 1990s. And the "Crossing" part only applies to SUVs crossing the collector road that feeds into the subdivision. That's what these subdivisions do: Destroy the places they are named after.
 

Doohickie

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I wouldn't be surprised if they're still building houses with intercoms, bidets, and garbage compactors.
Here's a "vintage" feature for you: Our 1956 house has a phone alcove in the back hallway that leads to the bedrooms. There's a little shelf for a phone, and under that another shelf for the phone book. We didn't have one of those in my parents' house which was built at the same time, but they seem to be quite common here in Texas. Up north in Western New York, they just hung a wall phone in the kitchen, and that's about it. No little special shelf.
 
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Here's a "vintage" feature for you: Our 1956 house has a phone alcove in the back hallway that leads to the bedrooms. There's a little shelf for a phone, and under that another shelf for the phone book.
My old vintage 1950 house in suburban Cleveland had a little wall nook in the front entry hall for the doorbell.

I don't know what the subdivision name was. The city was almost completely platted in the 1920s, but due to the Depression, the bulk of housing construction began in the 1950s.
 

Doohickie

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I don't know what the subdivision name was. The city was almost completely platted in the 1920s, but due to the Depression, the bulk of housing construction began in the 1950s.
My parents' neighborhood in Cheektowaga was like that: a handful of houses from the 1920s on the street I grew up on, but mostly 1950s homes.
 
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