I don’t usually put myself in that category, I can usually figure out how to get from point A to point B fairly easily. Thanks to a good sense of direction and life long quest to make sense of patterns. The other night a major intersection was blocked by a bad accident and as the other route home is under construction and road closed, I decided to cut through the neighborhood. After many loops and twists I was able to get where I was going, but it took longer than if I would of waited my turn at the intersection. Patient, I am not.
Since then I’ve thinking why are there no conventions for ‘street’ types. Except for circle or loop, who knows what ave, st, dr, blvd, place really mean. I know Washington DC was designed to be purposely confusing to enemies. But do the suburbs of Denver and really any other area of the country need to be? I’ve been ‘discussing’ this with Tanner and we’ve decided that if I were Queen (even for just one day) I would declare…
1. ‘Boulevards’ run at least 10 miles north to south and connect to major highways.
2. ‘Roads’ run at least 10 miles east to west and connect to major highways.
3. ‘Avenues’ run at least 5 miles north to south and always connect to ‘Roads’
4. ‘Streets’ run at least 5 miles east to west and always connect to ‘Boulevards’
5. ‘Drives’ run at least 1 mile north to south and connect to ‘Streets’
6. ‘Lanes’ run at least 1 mile east to west and connect to ‘Avenues’
7. ‘Places’ are culdesacks
8. ‘Loops’ and ‘Circles’ stay the same
Just my two cents for city planners…who would probably tell me there already is a convention, but each county is different…blah, blah, blah.
Oops I almost forgot…no name changing midway between points.