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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Thursday Thoughts

McIntosh County, Georgia is losing about 550 street signs a year. Signs for Green Acres, Boone's Farm and Mary Jane Lane are frequently stolen.  Could it be because they are also the same names for a TV show, a cheap wine, and a street drug?  I'm certain the local sheriff could get search warrants for nearby college dorm rooms and confiscate the stolen merchandise.  A local county commissioner wants to change all the places to more boring names in order to the save county money.

I've always been interested in street names.  You can often see patterns, the lack of creativity in some areas, and over-zealousness in others.  Some have interesting back-stories.

In my town, we have Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring Streets, but Summer runs east-west the full width of the east side of town and the other three go north-south for just a few blocks.  There is one area that has tree names: Pine, Oak, Spruce, and Walnut, but Elm, Cherry, and Maple are elsewhere in town.  Yes, we do have an Elm Street.

We have three streets named Park: Park Drive, Park Terrace, Park Street, which becomes very confusing for new-comers, especially since none are near a park.  Yet Railroad Avenue does run parallel to a railroad, Center is in the middle of town, and most businesses are located on Market Street.

One subdivision has streets named for the children of the developer: Lane and Dawn.  Lane is not Lane Lane, but Lane Drive. Still it is rather redundant.

My spouse often works with developers and was once offered the chance to name a street in a nearby town.  It is a short street that he ultimately named Supreme Court.

I don't know where this is, but I'm certainly glad I don't live on this street:


Red Shoes said...

LMAO... I might come close to qualifying for living on that road!!!



Catch Her in the Wry said...

red: It's probably located in a retirement community.

Going Like Sixty said...

Old Cox! Love it.
We have a Kiss Me Quick St., Lover's Lane and South Park Ave. that are mounted (har) wayyyyyy up high on a utility pole.

Pearl said...

Nothing too exciting over here: they're all presidents...


Catch Her in the Wry said...

GLS: I might enjoy living on Lover's Lane or South Park Ave, but having to write Kiss Me Quick St as my return address seems too much like a request.

Pearl: We've got president steets, too.

white rabbit said...

My two favourite street names are both in Yorkshire - one in Hull ('The Land of Green Ginger') and one in York ('Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate')

No I am not making these up. Google if you don't believe me. :D

wv: pratter

Catch Her in the Wry said...

white: I did google Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate. I had visions of a poor woman being beaten by her children. Have you read the novel by the same name? I haven't.

Holly said...

Here we say to avoid streets named after Presidents after dark: Madison, Jefferson, Jackson, Roosevelt.

Some fun ones: Belvedere, Tutweiler, Evelyn, and "General Washburn's Escape Alley"

Alice said...

I always wanted to live on "Easy Street" in the Townsend Tennessee area if the Smoky Mtns. Quirky post. Enjoyed it.