October 4, 2012 in Features

The Slice: Where the streets have inspired names

By The Spokesman-Review
 

You be the developer.

Readers came up with street-naming themes for imaginary residential subdivisions. Here is a sampling.

“Let’s go for an Internet theme with names such as .com Street, .org Avenue, .biz Blvd., .edu Drive, .mil Lane, .xxx Circle,” wrote Lou Frost.

Jerry McCandless suggested naming streets after rock stars, dead and alive. For instance, Clapton Road, Joplin Way, Hendrix Avenue and Garcia Lane. “And of course there would have to be an intersection of Jagger Road and Richards Street.”

Nancy Haynes had a different idea. “I would choose to name those streets after the throaty, hot muscle cars of the ’60s and ’70s.”

Her street names would include Camaro Boulevard, Firebird Lane, Challenger Drive, GTO Drive, and Charger Way. She didn’t say anything about the speed limits.

Bob Curry also came up with an automotive theme. “If I were a developer I would build an area of single-level homes for the aging population, inspired by the ranchers of the 1950s. Streets would be named after defunct auto companies (and models): Rambler Lane, DeSoto Circle, Pontiac Drive, Edsel Parkway, Oldsmobile Street, etc.”

Nina Elo would build Mother Goose Park and have streets with names such as Little Miss Muffet, Little Bo Peep, Little Boy Blue and Humpty Dumpty.

Bill Mahaney would go with Shakespeare as the theme. Mary Ann Barney would name streets after celebrated children’s authors. Jim Stone would make basketball coaches his motif.

Mike Turnbull’s development would be home to Facebook Way, Twitter Street, LinkedIn Lane, Amazon Avenue and eBay Boulevard.

Carolyn Lenhard would honor her geologist husband by naming streets at Solid Rock Estates things like Rhodochrosite, Tetrahedrite, Quartzite and such.

Eileen Hyatt would have lots of walking/riding paths and name streets after bicycle models such as Verve, CrossRip, Superfly and Lush.

Others suggested college sports team nicknames, Charles Dickens characters and Northwest mountain chains, among others.

Today’s Slice question: In sports, a selfish teammate who is a divisive presence is called a clubhouse cancer. Who deserves that label at your workplace?

Write The Slice at P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210; call (509) 459-5470; email pault@spokesman.com. A fair number of people still take baths.

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