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What Would People Think?

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Street Names in Atlanta

Peachtree Street

Peachtree Road

Peachtree Industrial Boulevard

West Peachtree Street.

Peachtree Dunwoody Road

Peachtree Park Drive

West Peachtree Place

Peachtree Center Avenue

Peachtree Battle Avenue

I love my town but don't ever get lost in Atlanta. The population is skyrocketing and no wonder. Nobody can ever find their way back out again.

[Christy adds: We're well hidden on one of those Peachtrees. Good luck finding us. Do you notice a common theme? And yet I still have not seen a single peach tree....]

On the other hand, there's the possibility that you might run into this guy on the streets of Atlanta. And that always brightens things up. Or at least makes things more interesting.

5 Comments:

  • If I recall correctly, Durham had the following:

    Chapel Hill Road
    Old Chapel Hill Road (which confusingly intersects University at 2 different points)
    West Chapel Hill Road
    Durham-Chapel Hill Road

    And then there's all the variations of 15-501s.

    Maybe these towns need to hire someone with a degree in Urban Planning?

    By Blogger Erin, at 9/29/2007 2:02 PM  

  • From a post I wrote some time ago...

    "Friday night we drove up to visit a bunch of friends. On the way we got lost. That had a lot to do with the fact that all of the roads were named by someone with a total lack of creativity. See, we turned from 171st Ave onto 171st Lane. That wasn't so strange on its own, but from 171st we turned into a neighborhood that was like something out of Purple Planet (Yeah, that's a Mister Roger's Neighborhood reference. Crazy, huh?) - all the houses looked the same. To make matters worse, we had to turn onto Polk St. The first road we passed was Polk Road. The second was Polk Circle. The third was Polk Street, and we turned, but a little part of me died when I didn't keep driving to find out just how many Polks there were.

    Seriously, city planners should be required to take creative writing courses. Or at least buy a thesaurus."

    I think urban planners are the problem. They need to hire English majors for road-naming.

    By Blogger Matthew B. Novak, at 9/29/2007 3:46 PM  

  • Our numbering systems are the leading cause of driver insanity around here. The East Valley cities (Tempe, Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, and Apache Junction) use different numbering systems from Phoenix, Scottsdale, and the West Valley (which share the Phoenix-based county numbering system). But roads that cross city boundaries do not change names. For example, there are four places described by "1710 E. Southern Avenue" all within a few miles of one another. Imagine the chagrin of someone who didn't check the address closely enough and drove to 1710 E. Southern in Phoenix only to discover that they were trying to get to 1710 E. Southern in Mesa...

    And there's one stretch of Scottsdale Road (which runs north-south) where the east side of the road is in Scottsdale and the west side is in Tempe. Thanks to the numbering system, 2210 N. Scottsdale Road (Tempe) is directly across from 1011 N. Scottsdale Road (Scottsdale) (instead of some odd 2200 number like you'd expect).

    It's confusing. Trust me.

    And who can forget the road in Nashville where you could start out going north on 28th Avenue and end up leaving town on Franklin Road going south...

    By Blogger Jeff, at 9/30/2007 1:57 AM  

  • From these comments, I use my dazzling philosophical brilliance to deduce that the world is a confusing and complex place and it's hard to find your way.

    If you need me, I'll be hiding under my bed. If I can find it.

    By Blogger Ben, at 9/30/2007 8:12 PM  

  • Don't even get me started on US Hwy 19 vs. US Hwy Alt 19, both of which people commonly refer to as 19.

    By Blogger Mike, at 10/01/2007 10:56 AM  

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