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Uncommon Street Name Suffixes
« on: July 29, 2009, 01:24:27 PM »

Was thinking about this when looking at my rand earlier. We are all familiar with the standard street name suffixes like Street, Road, Boulevard, Parkway, Freeway, Expressway, Avenue, etc., but occasionally (and perhaps regionally) we will find a different suffix. There was a post the other day that referred to the Norwood Lateral, and on my recent trip to California, I traveled the Sausalito Lateral. How often is that one used? In Kansas they use the suffix Trafficway, and I was reminded in a recent post of OKC's Tinker Diagonal and found a Turner Diagonal in the Kansas City area just now. Then there are the instances where there is no suffix, such as Richmond's "Boulevard". What others are out there?

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Re: Uncommon Street Name Suffixes
« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2009, 01:38:50 PM »

During my time working for the Roadway Express trucking company in the late 80s, one of my coworkers was working on a program to parse addresses.  Therefore, he was looking at suffixes and found a number of oddball things.

However the one that sticks in my mind is "Swing."  Yes, some road somewhere was named "Grapevine Swing!"  :spin:

I know that "Trail" is occasionally used.  US 11-15 between the north end of the Selinsgrove, PA bypass to somewhere south of the PA 61 bridge to Sunbury is "Susquehanna Trail."  Not surprisingly, the remaining part of a previous alignment of US 11-15 is called "Old Trail."

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Re: Uncommon Street Name Suffixes
« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2009, 01:45:37 PM »

A friend of mine lives on a Hollow in Austin, TX. 

Here in California we have plenty of examples of Avenida, Camino and Calle as prefixes, not suffixes, because that is how the Spanish language works. 

This leads to a street clearly named by someone who didn't speak Spanish: Camino Road.
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Re: Uncommon Street Name Suffixes
« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2009, 01:47:46 PM »

Oh, they can never think of any good street names in the Netherlands, so they end up picking a suffix, and then open the encyclopedia.

For instance, in my city, the suffix in some neighborhood is "veld" (field). They just simply add all kind of animal types before the suffix, so you'll get street names like "bunny field", "beaver field", "mammoth field", "fox field", "squirrel field" etc.   :paranoid: :-P

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Re: Uncommon Street Name Suffixes
« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2009, 01:52:02 PM »

"bunny field", "beaver field", "mammoth field", "fox field", "squirrel field" etc.  

are these all commonly found creatures in the Netherlands?  :ded:
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Re: Uncommon Street Name Suffixes
« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2009, 02:35:21 PM »

A friend of mine lives on a Hollow in Austin, TX. 

Here in California we have plenty of examples of Avenida, Camino and Calle as prefixes, not suffixes, because that is how the Spanish language works. 

This leads to a street clearly named by someone who didn't speak Spanish: Camino Road.

Sacramento's El Camino Avenue has to go in that category as well.  :pan:

In Alberta, "Trail" is rather common too (i.e. Calgary Trail up in Edmonton for part of Highway 2; Deerfoot Trail over in Calgary).
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Re: Uncommon Street Name Suffixes
« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2009, 02:38:00 PM »

"bunny field", "beaver field", "mammoth field", "fox field", "squirrel field" etc.  

are these all commonly found creatures in the Netherlands?  :ded:

Yeah, I see mammoths walking by my apartment all the time  :-D

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Re: Uncommon Street Name Suffixes
« Reply #7 on: July 29, 2009, 02:44:22 PM »

I've seen "Run", "Pass", and "Crossing" near Victor, NY. In all three cases, the names involved animals of some sort (I don't recall the exact names of the roads).
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Re: Uncommon Street Name Suffixes
« Reply #8 on: July 29, 2009, 02:48:52 PM »

Some others:

*  Close (very common in Britain and has a specialized meaning in some British cities like Edinburgh)

*  Court

*  Place (typically used in the US to refer to roads which are not squares)

*  Alley

Regarding Spanish-derived street names, there are abbreviations in Spanish which are rarely if ever used in the US, even in natively Spanish-speaking jurisdictions like Puerto Rico.  Americans also don't follow Spanish capitalization, which calls for the generic element of the street name to appear in lowercase only.

In Madrid, calle O'Donnell (named after a nineteenth-century Spanish general and premier of Irish descent) is a major arterial, and appears on signs as "c/ O'Donnell."  On autopista signs in Puerto Rico, it would appear as "Calle O'Donnell."  "Paseo" is sometimes abbreviated "Pš" (using the special superscript "o" available in Spanish).

I don't know if Puerto Rico follows peninsular Spanish address ordering, in which the house number follows the street name (e.g., "Paseo de la Castellana, 67").  I think Mexico does.
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Re: Uncommon Street Name Suffixes
« Reply #9 on: July 29, 2009, 02:53:39 PM »

I've never seen one.  Can you stick one in an envelope and send it to me?
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Re: Uncommon Street Name Suffixes
« Reply #10 on: July 29, 2009, 06:16:20 PM »

Like the Mukilteo Speedway?

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Re: Uncommon Street Name Suffixes
« Reply #11 on: July 29, 2009, 06:36:07 PM »

"Lane" is commonly used. I live on a lane.

-One close to me ends in "Hill". Consort Hill is the name.

-Short streets that end in a circle commonly end in "circle".

-The New York "Thruway" and the New England "Turnpike"

-Has anyone said "turnpike"? Turnpikes seem to be common in the northeast.

-"By-Pass" is the name of a lot of roads that by-pass towns.

-In California, there is the El Camino "Real".

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Re: Uncommon Street Name Suffixes
« Reply #12 on: July 29, 2009, 06:44:21 PM »

in "El Camino Real", the designator is "Camino", which means road.  It translates to "the royal road".
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Re: Uncommon Street Name Suffixes
« Reply #13 on: July 29, 2009, 06:53:45 PM »

even just using "Way" as a suffix.

"Whitney Way"
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Re: Uncommon Street Name Suffixes
« Reply #14 on: July 29, 2009, 07:16:43 PM »

There are at least a half dozen streets that end in "Trail" in my town.

Mohawk Trail, Cross Country Trail, Quails Trail, West Trail (no, there isn't an East Trail), Settler's Trail, Fishing Trail, Short Trail, Woody Trail, Mountain Trail... maybe one or two more, but I think that's all of them.

Other, more unique oddballs in town:

- Huckleberry Hollow
- Trumbull Gate
- Pilgrim Walk
- Trinity Pass


And how about Grand Concourse in The Bronx?
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Re: Uncommon Street Name Suffixes
« Reply #15 on: July 29, 2009, 08:07:42 PM »

In NY near Albany you have Lower and Upper Letter S.  There are a few Plazas in this area and at least one Crossing (and a Cross or two).

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Re: Uncommon Street Name Suffixes
« Reply #16 on: July 29, 2009, 08:19:52 PM »

Rue, Alley & Exchange

Ex:  Rue _______,
      _______ Exchange,
      _______ Alley.
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Re: Uncommon Street Name Suffixes
« Reply #17 on: July 29, 2009, 08:31:08 PM »

Ramsey Clos. SW (Atlanta, Ga.)


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Re: Uncommon Street Name Suffixes
« Reply #18 on: July 29, 2009, 08:37:56 PM »

"Crescent" is common here, though it is especially prevalent in Virginia Beach.
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Re: Uncommon Street Name Suffixes
« Reply #19 on: July 29, 2009, 11:08:20 PM »

street names without suffixes

Broadway - very common

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Re: Uncommon Street Name Suffixes
« Reply #20 on: July 29, 2009, 11:33:52 PM »

Esplanade (as in Brookhollow Esplanade, in Elmwood LA)
Trail (Woodland Trail, etc.)

A word on suffixes and street naming procedure: Uncommon suffixes are always oddball when you are creating a street name database to be used in GIS and other applications. In theory any reasonable word can act as a suffix. In the city where I live, there is a list of approved suffixes to which you are limited when naming a new street, to keep the street name records consistent. Otherwise your street name suffixes would be all over the place and it would be a complete bear to update the suffix generator in the street database to include them all. There are some other cities that I know of which do the same.
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Re: Uncommon Street Name Suffixes
« Reply #21 on: July 30, 2009, 12:06:50 AM »

In Santa Cruz, CA, where I grew up, they use the suffix "Curve" on one street, Bethany Curve.  Most of the streets in that part of town are semi-circular (a couple are even full circles).

In parts of the San Francisco Bay Area, "Common" is a common suffix, mostly in new high-density neighborhoods.

I've also seen two suffixes used for the same street.  Sacramento, CA has 65th Street Expressway.
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Re: Uncommon Street Name Suffixes
« Reply #22 on: July 30, 2009, 01:24:15 AM »

I've also seen two suffixes used for the same street.  Sacramento, CA has 65th Street Expressway.

Oklahoma City has 36th St Expy.

Kansas City, KS has 18th St Expy and 7th St Trfwy. 18th St Expy is a freeway built on the alignment of 18th Street.
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Re: Uncommon Street Name Suffixes
« Reply #23 on: July 30, 2009, 02:58:31 AM »

http://www.usps.com/ncsc/lookups/abbr_suffix.txt

I'd think the Post Office would be the authority on this topic.

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Re: Uncommon Street Name Suffixes
« Reply #24 on: July 30, 2009, 03:47:44 AM »

street names without suffixes

Broadway - very common


Broadway comes from the Dutch word "breedeweg" (which means Broadway). In Dutch, "breedeweg" is not spelled with a space, so Broadway would technically have been "Broad Way". So "way" is still it's prefix, but written as one word due to the historic influence of the Dutch language.

 


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