Obnoxiously saccharine or pretentious suburb street names

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ShyViolet

in my hometown, we have "champion's way (or drive, can't remember which) on the west side of town. it's a very rich neighborhood...they have a gatekeeper and everything!

oh, and also "home avenue"

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Vansterdam Kid

This isn't in a suburb, but there's a street in Vancouver known as [i][b]The[/b] Crescent[/i]. It's in quite a la-de-da neighbourhood so it's not too suprising, but the name sounds so pretentious. There are no other Crescents, but The Crescent!

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Granola Girl

I've always loved funny street names...Look what I found on google:

[img]http://images.net3media.com/funnyfreepics/street_corner.jpg[/img]

Appropriate? No. Funny? Yes.

Anchoress

There's a townhouse development in Richmond BC that has all jewel-named streets. I can't remember now whether my school friend lived on Turquoise or Azure?

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Mush

I used to live in a burb in Winnipeg with all pseudo-Aboriginal names...I suppose some were real , Niakwa Park, but then a bunch with anglicanized tribal names...I had a friend who lived on Pawnee Bay. There was Mohawk, too. I don't think there were any Mohawks for hunnerts of miles. It ran off of Tecumseh, which was the only one that made any sense to me. The school there had a truly offensive cartoon of an "Indian Warrior" as its mascot. I hope someone fixed this...

Agent 204 Agent 204's picture

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Originally posted by Scott Piatkowski:
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You failed to note Windsorites' [i]interesting habit[/i] of bastardizing the pronunciations of said names )(e.g. Ouellette = OH-let).[/b]


Well, I don't know if it's particular to Windsor. Here, after all, we've got Weber St, and it's the only place I've ever heard that name pronounced "Wee-bur" rather than "Webber" or the linguistically correct "Vey-bur".

Boom Boom Boom Boom's picture

Pronounciation is sometimes a minefield - especially for those who are hearing or speech impaired, for those who have never heard a particular word pronounced, and for those who have no experience with the pronounciation of a word in a different language. Sometimes you have to cut some slack.

kingblake

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Originally posted by Vansterdam Kid:
[b]This isn't in a suburb, but there's a street in Vancouver known as [i][b]The[/b] Crescent[/i].[/b]

Westmount also has [b]The Boulevard[/b].

thwap

Hamilton, up on "the mountain" has a development known as "bird land" because every street is named after a bird. The developer liked the fukkin' featharred thangs.

I also found this picture:

[img]http://www.dribbleglass.com/subpages/strange/hohum.jpg[/img]

Yukoner

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Originally posted by lagatta:
[b]Actually, Michelle, this thread should be in "out and about".[/b]

I don't really get the 'anal-ness' of this board sometimes. I visit/post on many boards and have never come across it anywhere else. The content on babble is second to none but and I usually enter via the 'most active threads' door.

Closing threads at 100 post (I assume to be dialup friendly [img]rolleyes.gif" border="0[/img] ) and relocating entire threads is just....strange.

That is all [img]biggrin.gif" border="0[/img]

PS Oh, and why isn't the ubb key for previewing post available also....nice feature for hunt and peck typists.

thwap

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Originally posted by Yukoner:
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I don't really get the 'anal-ness' of this board sometimes. I visit/post on many boards and have never come across it anywhere else. The content on babble is second to none but and I usually enter via the 'most active threads' door.

Closing threads at 100 post (I assume to be dialup friendly [img]rolleyes.gif" border="0[/img] ) and relocating entire threads is just....strange.

That is all [img]biggrin.gif" border="0[/img]

PS Oh, and why isn't the ubb key for previewing post available also....nice feature for hunt and peck typists.[/b]


This post belongs in "Rabble Reactions."

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Crippled_Newsie

Loathesome: when I was a kid we lived in a subdivision called 'Christian Hills'-- oddly, there were no Jewish people about. The town was called 'Rochester' in those days; now it's hoighty enough to be 'Rochester HILLS.'

Pretentious: the Michigan towns of Grosse Pointe, Grosse Pointe Shores, and Beverly Hills.

Bastardized: on Chicago's near-north side is the three-block-long Goethe Street. The locals call it 'Gohwth.'

Michelle

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Originally posted by thwap:
[b]This post belongs in "Rabble Reactions."

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Haha! [img]biggrin.gif" border="0[/img]

obscurantist

This might be common other places, but in the suburbs of Victoria there's a few subdivs where most street names end in the word "wood". Some of the streets also include the names of trees, some don't.

So, among other streets, there's Birchwood, Alderwood, Oakwood, Cedarwood, Applewood, Teakwood, Senwood, Hartwood, Sprucewood, Larchwood (all in one fairly small subdivision which appears to have been built on farmland), and in another larger subdivision there's Boulderwood, Deerwood, Amblewood, Westwood, Summitwood, Hillwood, Spiritwood, Lochwood, Kentwood, Quailwood, Trailwood, Gatewood, Coachwood, Copsewood, Pheasant Wood, Donwood, Rithetwood, Scottswood, Owlwood, Shadywood, Thistlewood, Parkwood, Gardenwood, Valewood, Totemwood, Summerwood, Maltwood, Crownwood, Stoneywood, Praisewood, Gracewood, Faithwood, Meadowwood, Autumnwood, Wagonwood, Carolwood, Edgewood, Gardenwood, Tanglewood, Pondwood, and possibly more, but my days are finite.

I seem to remember a subdivision in the Victoria area where, even worse, all the street names STARTED with the same word, but I can't find it on the map now. Imagine getting directions like "Turn onto Woodside Drive, turn left when you get to Woodburn Road, and keep an eye out for Woodwind Crescent -- it's the street right after Woodview Way and before Woodsworth Close." Perhaps you don't have to imagine.

Not so much annoying as strange is Fifth Street, in Victoria proper. It may be a vestige from before a large-scale renaming of city streets. You see, Fifth Street is (I believe) the only numbered street in Victoria.

Yukoner

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Originally posted by Michelle:
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Haha! [img]biggrin.gif" border="0[/img] [/b]


Lets take this over to babble banter, shall we?

Reality. Bites.

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Originally posted by obscurantist:
[b]This might be common other places, but in the suburbs of Victoria there's a few subdivs where most street names end in the word "wood". [/b]

Thanks to Viagra, now most seniors events in Victoria do too.

peppermint

St. Johns has quite a few "terraces" and "heights" which seem a little pretentious, even if the reality of a place like Shea Heights does take the edge off.

My friend lived on a little side street called Road de Luxe- definitely an overstatement.

The one I think is oddest though is probably "Hill o' Chips" in the downtown area.

BleedingHeart

what about all the suburbs called "..... woods" when the first thing the developer does is take off all the trees.

maestro

Between Vernon and Silver Star mountain in the Okanagan Valley there is a sort of subdivision with street names from Alfred Hitchcock. Bates Drive, etc..

From Magoo

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That's where I was born. Did I dodge a bullet?

Probably the doctor's... [img]biggrin.gif" border="0[/img]

chester the pra...

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Saskatchewan towns are full of nonsense names such as "Biarwood"

i'm a planner. the newer the subdivision the more the name is related to what a devloper thinks is marketable and suburbs or suburban subdivisions, even to this day i guess, are trying to sell "its in the country, not in the city".
so we have old inner city neighbourhoods like pleasant hill, caswell hill and riversdale which respectively are built on hills and are by the river and new areas like briarwood, willowgrove and stonebridge. if a neighbourhood in saskatoon was built after 1950 you can bet it has wood, grove, heights or park as part of its name.

Contrarian

For a few years there was a campground on the prairies north of Calgary that was called "Whispering Pines". Later they changed the name to "Whispering Spruce", which was slightly more biologically possible, and they may even have planted a few spindly sticks. It didn't last.

arborman

There is an incredibly pretentious and banal subdivision of Edmonton titled 'The Hamptons'. Gag.

As for the appalling cultural appropriation file, all the streets in my neighbourhood were named after First Nations - though they were somewhat unselective, and clearly whoever named the streets read them off a list somewhere. So we had Apache, Nootka, Haida and Mohawk all adjoining each other in a bland prairie suburban town. Strangely, we also had Corinthia and Camelot going right through the middle of all of them. Amazingly, they managed to completely miss the Cree, probably the only culture who actually lived there (given that we were 15 minutes from a large Cree community).

the bard

How about Tuxedo Park, a suburb of NYC?

sub lite

The Parade, in Adelaide, South Australia. Took me a while to realize that was the full name of the street.

pebbles

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Originally posted by Michelle:
[b]Bridal Path (in lots of cities)
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Isn't that [i]Bridle[/i] Path?

Anything named after the developer's daughter back in the 1970s. "Cheryl Gardens".

Also To Be Hated: Honorific street names that use BOTH names of the person being honoured. Last names only, please.

Raos

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Originally posted by arborman:
[b]There is an incredibly pretentious and banal subdivision of Edmonton titled 'The Hamptons'. Gag.[/b]

Where are 'The Hamptons'? I've lived here my entire life, and I've never heard of em.

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what about all the suburbs called "..... woods" when the first thing the developer does is take off all the trees.

I grew up in Mill Woods. It was made up of 9 smaller subdivisions, each of which either began with Mill, or ended in Woods.

arborman

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Originally posted by Raos:
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Where are 'The Hamptons'? I've lived here my entire life, and I've never heard of em.
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Southern border 45th Ave, Eastern border 199th st.

Relatively new but appallingly named.

Papal Bull

You've got nothing. Oshawa has a Camelot subdivision of semi-homes. Galahad drive, Belami st, Gaylord rd. Oh, the many laughs of boyhood growing up by Gaylord Road.

Gir Draxon

Sure it's boring, but what makes The Hamptons especially obnoxiously saccharine and pretentious?

Anchoress

It's because [url=http://abc.go.com/primetime/thehamptons/]The Hamptons[/url] is one of the famous playgrounds where rich New Yorkers and other elite go to meet, greet and be discreet.

Edited to add: Remember the Simpsons episode where Bart defended Rainier Wolfcastle's daughter from old money bullies at her private school ('Look at her cry. NEW money always cries.')? When Bart drives them off, the bullies call, 'Retreat!' 'To The Hamptons!'

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Maritimesea

I live near but work in Halifax and there has been a massive amount of housing construction going on for the past several years.
These new subdivisions use the pukiest names for streets like Greenpark Close, or Stratford Way, White Hills Run, blech...
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Pounder

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Originally posted by obscurantist:
[b]Not so much annoying as strange is Fifth Street, in Victoria proper. It may be a vestige from before a large-scale renaming of city streets. You see, Fifth Street is (I believe) the only numbered street in Victoria.[/b]

This street, along with Battery St in James Bay, is named after 5th (BC) Field Regiment, the local Reserve Artillery Regiment at Bay St Armoury. The Regt was raised in 1861. They built and manned Ft Rodd Hill, Work Point, etc: all the coastal defence batteries from Gonzales Observatory out to Jordan River. Part of our city's history that is often overlooked!

Polly B Polly B's picture

I wonder who decides on subdivision names? We have The Cedars (in Northern Alberta?), Crystal Lake (aka murky dugout), Morgans Mountain (a hill, at best), Wynnegate Estates (a trailer park), Forest Grove, (not a tree in sight,it was built in a field), Rycroft Ridge, (no ridge anywhere), Royal Oaks...

How about a practical name, like "Houses in Cow Pasture?".

remind remind's picture

Old thread revisited eh?!

In Nanaimo, my 2 favorites street names are: Dingle Bingle Hill, and Bergan Op Zoom. With a honourable mention of Jingle Pot Rd.

Not bad name choices, eh, for a town in a province where everything is named after former Freemasons, and other "developers"?!

Cueball Cueball's picture

Weldrick Road.

Ok nothing in that really, now say it like the kid from the Shining when he possessed.

1234567

We have the coolest name for a street up here.

Ragged Ass Road

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

I've been to Ragged Ass Road and thought it was so cool I even got a t-shirt.

I think that Ginger Goodwin Way is the best BC name and hope it will be proudly displayed again after we rid the province of the Fiberals.

rural - Francesca rural - Francesca's picture

Well if you come visit me we can:

- you can take Lakeshore Blvd straight to the 401 and from there, Prairie Road

- take on the 40 hills road - hills are just vertical curves you know,

- visit Whiskey Harbour, look out at Bears Rump Island

- don't forget Crooked Toe Road

- if you're feeling particularly in the mood, the Slough of Despond will do the trick

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Skinny Dipper

I hated driving through Calgary to look for 12105 East-by-Northeast 53rd Ave. SW. I would look at my map for some major throughfare but only find some mysterious cul-de-sac. This is not to be confused with 12105 South-southwest 53rd St. NE.

Go to the twin cities of Kitchener and Waterloo, Ontario where one can drive from King St. North to King St. South in Waterloo, then cross into Kitchener onto King St. West, then King St. East. It's the same street.

Wilf Day

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Originally posted by Michelle:
[b]It's funny, I've always thought of it as "Bridal" because ever since I heard that street name in Kingston as a teenager, I always thought it was meant to evoke images of a newly-married couple's first new house in the suburbs.[/b]

I have no saccharine names to add, but I have a similar teenage story. Port Hope has a westend main street running out to the township named after George Ridout, a Toronto hardware wholesaler and moderate conservative who did well enough to invest in a Port Hope subdivision in the 1850s and have its main street named for him -- which a friend of mine in her youth always assumed was named Rid(e)out because it was the street she rode out of town on her bike on.

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Michelle

I'm bumping this because it was so much fun to re-read all these awesomely awful street names, and because post #27 made me howl with laughter.

Michelle

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Originally posted by Scott Piatkowski:
You failed to note Windsorites' interesting habit of bastardizing the pronunciations of said names )(e.g. Ouellette = OH-let).


There's a [my name] Avenue, too. Apparently the locals say it in some way that neither God, nor the French ever intended.

Of course, my family anglicizes the pronunciation as well, so there you go.

BillBC

The cross streets in Ladysmith BC, a town founded by one of Canada's most notorious robber barons (Dunsmuir, the coal magnate) are  named after British generals in the Boer War:  Kitchener, Gatacre, White, Baden-Powell, Roberts, etc

BillBC

Nanaimo has a Tiggly Wiggly Rd.  When househunting, we were shown a house there.  I couldn't deal with the thought of having such an address.  Not quite "Hitler St."  (see above), but pretty off-putting...

milo204

there's a street by schist lake which is owned by the richest guy in town calles "EASY STREET"...yes he owns the street and names it himself...

infracaninophile infracaninophile's picture

When I first visited Toronto I was struck by the redundancy of "Avenue Road."  Why not Street Drive?  On the pretentious side, there were all those apartment towers in arbour-free North York with addresses such as Forest Greenway when nothing green or forest-y could be found for miles around but the street names all had a pastoral connotation.

 

On the humorous side, just south of the 401 on Highway 6 S. in Morriston, ON you can take a right onto Calf Ass Road. Well OK,  it's written Calfass Rd. Now does a name like that increase or decrease the property value? 

Michelle

Actually, it wasn't "Hitler Avenue" that I found so funny in post 27, it was Gonorrhea Gardens.  Can you imagine?

I tried to google that name on Google Maps but didn't find it.  So I'm assuming that plan didn't go through, or if it did, the names got changed at some point.

Calfass Road!  That's almost as awesome as "Ragged Ass Road" mentioned above!

I thought the same thing the first time I heard of "Avenue Road"!

Fotheringay-Phipps

If you go by the old road between Woodstock and London, you follow the Thames through some of the most heartbreakingly beautiful pastoral scenery in SW Ontario. I'd always taken the old Highway 2, rather than the 401, but when I first tried the valley route I was struck by the uncanny similarity of the landscape to Dorset in England, where many of the earlier settlers came from --you half expect to see Egdon Heath lowering off in the distance. Anyway, somewhere between Putnam and Dorchester the road becomes even twistier than usual and at one intersection you can turn aside into Cow Path to the north or Lower Cow Path to the south. Pull over, crack open the thermos of tea, and enjoy the joyous singing of finches and katydids. I've never followed either of the Cow Paths. The crossroads is a little slice of perfection and I think my imagination conjures more delights down these roads than either one could offer in reality.

Back in the 70's a mischief-making councillor at a sleepy subcommittee meeting in Brantford managed by procedural sleight of hand to have a road in a new industrial park named the Ho Chi Minh Trail. You can imagine the furore that erupted when the local worthies realized what had happened. The road was given some anodyne name, but the councillor drew enough attention that he subsequently became an MPP.

Michelle

Fotheringay-Phipps wrote:

Back in the 70's a mischief-making councillor at a sleepy subcommittee meeting in Brantford managed by procedural sleight of hand to have a road in a new industrial park named the Ho Chi Minh Trail. You can imagine the furore that erupted when the local worthies realized what had happened. The road was given some anodyne name, but the councillor drew enough attention that he subsequently became an MPP.

That is a great story!  Did he have any particular reason for doing this?  Was he just trying to highlight that the city council would pass anything?

CanadaApple

I didn't realize this until I looked at google maps, but near the Regency Manor Retirement Home in Port Hope, they actually have a Princess Street and a King Street. Tongue out

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