Who Are The People That Name Our Streets?

@gtargirl (5385)
United States
February 14, 2008 1:35pm CST
Do you know? Is there a department with people who sit around thinking up street names? Do we get to vote on these names? Why is it that in my little town of retired people, all the streets bear the names of major Universities? I'm was just wondering.
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@mac1946 (1602)
• Calgary, Alberta
14 Feb 08
I wish I knew,when they first started here,they were named after the district they were in,you knew where in the city you had to go to when you read the address,now,they are scattered all over the place,and some of them are ones we don't want,it is some nut in city government that thinks them up,but they sure do not give us a choice. can you imagine a " Pierre Troudau" drive,sheesh,naming a drive after a traitor.
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@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
15 Feb 08
Hmmm, that was a bad call there. Naming a street after a traitor. I guess they were just thinking historically, or something like that.
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@mamasan34 (6522)
• United States
14 Feb 08
I have no ideea. I think the city officials get drunk and just start pulling names out of hats.
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@GardenGerty (90075)
• Marion, Kansas
17 Feb 08
That is how my mom always said they numbered the streets and laid them out where we grew up. The roads and streets twisted and turned with no real explanation.
@maximax8 (27048)
14 Feb 08
Yes, I have wondered why all the roads near the one my sister lives in are named after a berry. She lives in Snowberry Close. In your town perhaps the man or lady thought I went to .... university so I will name all the roads with the name of other universities. I live in a close but for some reason it is called .....Road. This is strange for it doesn't lead anywhere. The numbers jump around too. It begins 1, 3, 7 then jumps to 60 something so this confuses delivery drivers.
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@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
15 Feb 08
Now see, this whole naming street thing is way more complicating than we all thought. We've come to the conclusion that these people don't know what they are doing. I feel sorry for your delivery drivers. Snowberry Close sounds like it came right out of a novel. I love it. As a matter of fact, I think I'll use that. May I?
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@xboxboy (5588)
14 Feb 08
good question! if you live in a new town who has the final say? i think New York should have a gtargirl Street leading into xboxboy Avenue!
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@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
14 Feb 08
Hey XBoy! How are you? Are you behaving or just being a little cheecky. Ah maybe one day they'll actually name a street after one of us at least. Hey, aren't you supposed to be in school. Holiday? Well enjoy it!
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@youdontsay (3503)
• United States
14 Feb 08
Developers often name the streets in their developments. Sometimes they name the streets to go with the name of the development, like Forest Grove might name the streets after types of trees. Sometimes they name streets after their children, wife, other family members. So are their universities in your area? Maybe that is why they named the streets such.
@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
14 Feb 08
You don't say? Just kidding. You know I couldn't resist that. Are we talking about the developers who actually build the homes and/or the businessess? Really. Very interesting. No we don't have any major universities around here. The closest one would either be San Diego State (2 hours away) or USC, UCLA, which are three hours away. It's a little mystery. But maybe we had plans, once upon a time, to build a major school here. Who knows. Thanks for stopping by. Hope you have a wonderful day.
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@jennybianca (12918)
• Australia
15 Feb 08
This is a very relevant question for me, as I have a daughter who is nearly 15 years. How long is this retreat for? Is it overnight? If yes, no way would I leave a 15 year old at home alone, or with another teenager. I dont care how responsible they say they are. At 14 or 15 or 16,k they are just not mature enough to deal with emergencies. I have left my daughter home alone from the age of 12 years, but only during the day, & only for a couple of hours. Late last year, I may have left her home for up to 4 hours during the day. She is very responsible & mature. Next tuesday night there is a meeting at her school that I badly want to attend. It means that I will need to need her alone at night for up to 1.5 hours. Hubby will be at work. I am not at all happy about this, but haven't thought of any alternative yet. Does this answer your question?
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@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
15 Feb 08
LOL. You or your computer hiccupped. Hehehehe.
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@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
15 Feb 08
So it's the people at our local council. I will have to get in touch with them. I believe that would be the farmer down the road. LOL. There's a thought, with all the ranches, cowboys, shepherds around why arent' our streets called Ranch Dr. or Farmer's Way etc. Oh well, thanks for the info, JennyB. Have a wonderful evening.
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@sizzle3000 (3040)
• United States
21 Feb 08
I personally do not know who comes up with the names of the streets. I do know that the government changes names of street to honor someone at times. I also know that there is a section of houses in my area that supposedly when you look down on it from the sky slooks like a plane. So they named all the street parts of the plance. There is fusalage, propeller and more. I am afraid that they may actually pay someone a lot of money to sit and name streets. It just seems like the government would use this as a way to waste money.
@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
21 Feb 08
Oh fun, I need to find out how to apply for that job. LOL. I name streets for a living. How fun is that?
@GardenGerty (90075)
• Marion, Kansas
17 Feb 08
I think the developers of neighborhoods get to name the streets in a city. That is how it is in the newer parts of our little old town. Now in the older part, streets are names for the pioneers of this town, the first city council members, street commissioners, etc. We have sections of town named for trees. We have a section where everything is a "wood" name, Briarwood, Heatherwood, There are sections that follow one theme or another. I suppose in your town it is who ever put up the financing also put up the names. He must have wanted your town to sound smart.
@applsofgld (2506)
• United States
17 Feb 08
I have often wondered that myself. In recent years, and I live in a rural town, but in recent years because of most places having the 911 emergency centers, we don't have rural routes anymore, everyone/everything has to have a street address/name. I have friends who owned the property and named their roads themselves. I lived in Florida years ago, and believe it or not, one street was named Dirt rd.