mad_machine
mad_machine MegaDork
12/14/13 6:21 p.m.

Imagine giving directions to get somewhere on these streets

Lesley
Lesley PowerDork
12/14/13 6:24 p.m.

That's "Nova Scotia", not just "Canada". That's like singling out funny street names in Hawaii and saying, wow, you guys do things weird in the U.S.

gamby
gamby UltimaDork
12/14/13 6:32 p.m.

I think these guys were the city planners at the time:

drsmooth
drsmooth Reader
12/14/13 7:06 p.m.
stuart in mn
stuart in mn PowerDork
12/14/13 7:10 p.m.

Developers make up the names for the streets in their housing developments. Some name them after their children, some name them after their favorite rocks or after famous WWII battles. I know of one in this area that has a Lois Lane, but haven't checked to see if there are any streets named after Superman or Jimmy Olsen.

Woody
Woody MegaDork
12/14/13 7:17 p.m.

San Francisco still wins.

Zomby Woof
Zomby Woof PowerDork
12/14/13 8:45 p.m.

We had this discussion over lunch last night at work. Apparently Edmonton is extremely simple to navigate due to the road names and numbers. I always thought Avenue rd. in Toronto was an odd one.

Hal
Hal SuperDork
12/14/13 9:05 p.m.

In Frederick, MD the Board of Education building is located on the corner of South East Street and East South Street!

If you drive north on Market from 7th Street you will see in this order.
8th Street
9th Street
10th Street
12th Street
13th Street
Frederick Ave
14th Street

And 10th, 12th, and Frederick Ave start at Market and go west only.

mad_machine
mad_machine MegaDork
12/14/13 9:25 p.m.

Philly is an interesting city to navigate if you know your trees. The streets that run to the Delaware river are named after trees in regards to their hardness. Softest trees to the south, hardest trees to the North.

Numbered streets go from low to high as you go away from the River

petegossett
petegossett PowerDork
12/14/13 9:56 p.m.

A local town is divided down the middle by Market St. In one direction, the streets increment 1st S.t, 2nd St., etc. In the other direction they increment 1st Ave., 2nd Ave., etc. Talk about confusing!

Hasbro
Hasbro Dork
12/14/13 10:04 p.m.
petegossett wrote: A local town is divided down the middle by Market St. In one direction, the streets increment 1st S.t, 2nd St., etc. In the other direction they increment 1st Ave., 2nd Ave., etc. Talk about confusing!

That makes sense to me.

Appleseed
Appleseed UltimaDork
12/14/13 11:19 p.m.

Chicago has a Weed St. The signs get stolen.

Kenny_McCormic
Kenny_McCormic UltraDork
12/14/13 11:30 p.m.
Hasbro wrote:
petegossett wrote: A local town is divided down the middle by Market St. In one direction, the streets increment 1st S.t, 2nd St., etc. In the other direction they increment 1st Ave., 2nd Ave., etc. Talk about confusing!
That makes sense to me.

Well it would make sense if the westward or southward(depending on which way market runs) set went -1 st, -2 st, -3 st, etc.

turbojunker
turbojunker HalfDork
12/14/13 11:40 p.m.

A company I deal with at work is located on South 122nd East Avenue in Tulsa.

drsmooth
drsmooth Reader
12/15/13 12:36 a.m.
Appleseed wrote: Chicago has a Weed St. The signs get stolen.

Same thing happens to High St. In my City!!!.. Also this sign gets stolen a lot for some reason..

There used to be signs that read "To 420" with arrows pointing toward it.. They got stolen even more often than the High street signs.. One of my friends stole a HWY 420 sign.... He pointed the arrow toward his bong..

EDIT**** Hwy 420's western terminus is less than 200 ft from Green Avenue!!

petegossett
petegossett PowerDork
12/15/13 7:38 a.m.
Kenny_McCormic wrote:
Hasbro wrote:
petegossett wrote: A local town is divided down the middle by Market St. In one direction, the streets increment 1st S.t, 2nd St., etc. In the other direction they increment 1st Ave., 2nd Ave., etc. Talk about confusing!
That makes sense to me.
Well it would make sense if the westward or southward(depending on which way market runs) set went -1 st, -2 st, -3 st, etc.

Sure, I suppose it makes sense, if you live there and know that all the "Streets" are west of Market, and all the "Avenues" are east(I think I have that right?). But those who don't know any better end up driving up/down 2nd St. for a 1/2-hour looking for an address on 2nd Ave.

Of course, they were named in the era of horse & buggy, so the founding fathers had no idea people would by flying past at 45mph - and it's easy to overlook St. vs. Ave. on a street sign at those speed, especially if you are unaware of the distinction.

iceracer
iceracer UberDork
12/15/13 11:24 a.m.
petegossett wrote: A local town is divided down the middle by Market St. In one direction, the streets increment 1st S.t, 2nd St., etc. In the other direction they increment 1st Ave., 2nd Ave., etc. Talk about confusing!

A town(city) near me is like that. Then we have Street Road.

bastomatic
bastomatic SuperDork
12/15/13 11:48 a.m.

Locally, in commerce township, there is an intersection, where if you turn left you are on Commerce rd. Go straight, you are on South Commerce rd. Turn right, you are on West Commerce rd. Take another right, and you're on North Commerce rd.

Streetwiseguy
Streetwiseguy UberDork
12/15/13 12:27 p.m.

The west side of Saskatoon has numbered streets and lettered avenues. Its very easy to find 23rd and C.

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