The Importance of Street Names

In Seattle, the street names were settled a century ago. Naming alleys and other unnamed civic features is a way to reclaim urban spaces and enhance heritage. Kurt Cobain Way, anyone?

Knute Berger writes, "...given that most of our street names have been in place for a century or more, doesn't it seem a little odd that the last century or more of our heritage is largely unreflected on the city's face, contours, and byways, and when it is, it's left to a rather random assortment of worthies? Seattle has been a dynamic, busy place in the 100 years since we honored the Dennys, Borens, and Maynards, or chose urban generic names (Main Street, First Avenue) and expanded the tedious numbered grid (145th) for the sake of utility."

Thanks to Knute Berger

Full Story: Seattle's last unnamed places

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Street names

I can't stand that we rename our streets now with the entire name of an honored person and don't just use the last name as was always the case with street naming such as Jefferson Street, Lincoln Street, Washington Street, etc.

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