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Ltryptophan's avatar

How does a streets suffix get selected?

Asked by Ltryptophan (10710points) March 21st, 2017 from iPhone

There are lots of different paths. Some are called boulevards, others parkways, still others ways. Roads, highways, streets, drives… how is this decided?

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zenvelo's avatar

Usually when the developer submits plans for the area to the planning department of the government entity, or the city makes plans to put in streets.

There are style guides but they are not rigorously adhered to. we have a mundane but pretty residential street that is called a boulevard in my town, (see Moraga Blvd, Lafayette CA).

flo's avatar

Boulevard and Crescent looks like the image, takes care of it.
But road and street I went: *” can be said that a road connects two different places or towns, whereas a street is a small public road that is well within a city or town”*
Higway and expressway:
parkway and highway:
I’m not sure about the sites

Brian1946's avatar

In the San Fernando valley area of Los Angeles, streets running east/west are suffixed with Street, and those running north/south are suffixed with Avenue.

Most major thoroughfares running longitudinally or latitudinally are suffixed with Boulevard. One exception is Sherman Way.

flo's avatar

…..Sorry I run out of time while I was editing above.

I just looked at some of the images for Boulevard, and just found out they call that a boulevard too. I thought there is a median between the directions so there is no or rarely can you make U Turn

Tropical_Willie's avatar

In Los Angeles they use “Place” on a street that is parallel to another but is a dead end or only connects to one street. I agree with @Brian1946 I lived on an “Avenue” the cross street closest was an East – West “Street”. I remember Sepulvada Boulevard was the longest street in Los Angeles.

JLeslie's avatar

In Florida it varies from town to town. Some cities have most avenues running east west and streets and roads running north south. It varies, but there is the intention of some tiles and logic to it.

Southeast Florida is very much a grid system so the rules can be followed pretty well, whatever the rules are for the particular county or municipality.

I think tradition plays into to. The main commercial street is often called Main Street, especially in older cities, no matter what direction the street went. Broadway, was also a common name for the Main Street through a town, especially if it was 4 or more lanes.

Brian1946's avatar


I think Sepulveda is still the longest one in LA. Using the Google maps directions tool, I estimated its continuous distance to be about 40 miles. That’s long enough to go from Fall River, MA, across all of Rhode Island, and to Plainfield, CT.

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

It’s not consistent where I live, except we have a grid of big boulevards with grass medians, and the south side of the city has numbered east-west streets (18th Street, 35th Street, 87th Street, etc.)

Just north of me there’s an Avenue that changes to a Parkway for no apparent reason.

There are a few Places and Courts that are very short.

And, just like New York City, we have plain old Broadway, no designation. Maybe it was originally Broad Way?

zenvelo's avatar

@Call_Me_Jay The interesting thing about Broad Way in New York is that below Wall Street, two short blocks over, is Broad Street. The New York Stock Exchange is at the corner of Wall and Broad. (The facade of columns is actually onBroad Street, not Wall Street.)

Tropical_Willie's avatar

@Brian1946 I’ve done that trip on Route 6 more than a couple of times, sometimes through Newport, RI.

I’ve given away all my tokens for the bridge at Newport..

Love_my_doggie's avatar

@Brian1946 You’ve perfectly described the Rhode Island experience. Within 40 miles, often many fewer, one can be in three states. Just try explaining this to someone from Texas.

Brian1946's avatar


Were you in or near Newport anytime from 1969–1972? That’s when I was stationed there.

Tropical_Willie's avatar


I lived in Connecticut and visited Newport, RI and Cape Cod, MA. many times. My Ex had an Aunt and Uncle that lived in Barnstable, MA !
Many Summers on Goat Island and all the way to PTown on Cape Cod.

Brian1946's avatar


I’m sure you’re right about at least some Texans.

A geographic paradox about TX is that even though it’s the second largest US state, it’s only about 37 miles from TX to Kansas, where the only land separating the two states is the Oklahoma panhandle.

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