Road naming systems - real world examples

Posted by coshatiuav on 14 January 2020 in English (English)

I thought these colour-coded maps may be worth a share, particularly if your street organization happens to be all over the place at present. For one thing you can see the logic used behind certain terms like "Drive". Also it would be interesting to create some areas within a city with different naming systems, possibly to reflect historical growth and influences.

There are of course more examples that can be found with online searches.

Comment from zhenkang on 14 January 2020 at 08:43

This is really interesting.

On a side note, what are the current road naming systems we have adopted so far in OGF?

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Comment from wangi on 14 January 2020 at 09:38

It's only the San Francisco example which is really showing logic though?

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Comment from Luciano on 14 January 2020 at 14:47

In Ohunkagan, Makaska, the pattern followed is similar to many US Midwestern cities, with "Avenues" in one direction and "Streets" in the other. Thus Avenues run east-west and Streets run north-south. I lived in Minneapolis for many years, where you could rely on Avenues being north-south and Streets being east-west. I recall this pattern being strong in Seattle too.

I also made use of the less common "Pike", for old, pre-PLSS / pre-Grid roads - e.g. the Ohunkagan Pike, Hotanka Pike, Lakeshore Pike, etc. This is reminiscent of my years in Philadelphia, where many of the old roads are named Pike.

Boulevards are major streets that break the east-west / north-south grid (i.e. diagonals). Given my historical approach, these mostly don't exist yet in the 1880s. They'll be part of a partial urban renewal plan associated with the 1895 Exhibition.

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Comment from TheMayor on 14 January 2020 at 15:56

Lake City is also pretty strict outside of downtown and South Point with north-south Avenues and east-west Streets. However, since the city is based on a rigid grid, and most blocks are rectangular rather than square, there are also “half-streets” for the numbered streets (north-south Terraces and east-west Courts). Lake City also names all of its alleys as well, with Places between Avenues and Terraces; Alleys between Terraces and Avenues; Lanes between Streets and Courts; and Gardens between Courts and Streets.

In much of the city, the old numbered east-west Streets were renamed to avoid confusion with the numbered north-south Streets; in these areas, there are bands of Streets and Lanes that all start with the same letter.

Like any real city though, there are plenty of exceptions: west of the Stone River and south of North Avenue, Avenues are named instead of numbered; South Point has east-west lettered Avenues (Avenue A, Avenue B, etc.); and streets that stretch out of downtown keep their names.

Streets that break the grid are generally older trails, so most of them keep their original Road or Highway designation.

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Comment from Fluffr_Nuttr on 14 January 2020 at 21:32

@Luciano I've always loved the name "pike".

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Comment from No Way on 18 January 2020 at 10:24

I live in an area were pike is used heavily for major thoroughfares. We have all kinds of suffixes on the newer streets in the subdivisions as well.

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Comment from MOI N on 22 January 2020 at 18:34

what about the simple boring "The [Insert Here]"

i try use as many as possible ;

Calle None Street Road Ave Drive Pike (have to double check) Turnpike Court Courts Lane Way The Highway Motorway

and probably some others i cant think of

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