A city commissioner floated a plan to “abolish street names in the city and to substitute numbers and points of the compass.”
He said it would “simplify the street naming plan (and) make it easy for every one to locate himself in Spokane.”
But would it?
The plan proposed that Main Street would become First Street North; Sprague Avenue would become First Street South; Wall Street would become First Street West; and Stevens would become First Street East. This plan would then be continued out, with, for instance, Division Street becoming Sixth Street East and Monroe Street becoming Fourth Street West.
“Under the new plan, which works like clockwork in Salt Lake City, a child can locate any street or intersection in a second,” said the commissioner.
The plan came in “for some good-humored joshing from his fellow commissioners.” Mayor Fleming immediately identified one of the plan’s flaws. The mayor caused a ripple of laughter by asking, “What number would Northwest Boulevard be, anyway?”
Yet the commissioners saw some merit in the proposal and said they would consider it.
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