Worst street names

December 10, 2009 | By | 3 Replies More

On Reddit.com, someone nominated Hickory, N.C. as the place with the worst street names. I’d be inclined to agree.


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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. Dan Klarmann says:

    They all make sense to me. "Street" vs "Avenue" for orientation, "Drive" indicates what street or avenue it reaches. "Place" is a number splitter. And numbers rising by quadrants. Renaming them after plants, geological features, states and celebrities may be more homey, but arguably less useful.

  2. Niklaus Pfirsig says:

    Exactamundo, Dan. I live on a street that is only 1 block long and that block is the 1900 block (go figure).

    My cousin, a long time fireman, remebers how difficult it was to find addresses in new subdivisions because the street names weren't on any maps. This problem improved somewhat after the dispatch office got a GIS based call center, but even then there were problems.

    Another example:

    In Nashville, there is a street that circles the city. It is called Briley Parkway/Thompson Lane/Woodmont Blvd/Whitebridge Rd, depending on which part of town you're in. We also have three completely different streets named Old Hickory Blvd.

  3. Erich Vieth says:


    I agree about the suburban streets named after the wildlife that was displaced to build the houses.

    On the example map, however, I couldn't help but think that Avenues could be named after letters, instead of numbers, and that the city would be better off dropping the NW's and NE's and just numbering from east to west, or something along those lines.

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