Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Where the streets have fun names

When you live in a city that adds 7,000 new people a month and averages one completed house every 20 minutes, you know there must be a ridiculous amount of residential development. And this presents many important questions. How strained is the already limited water supply? Do legislators feel pressure to let the builder conglomerates have their way? Are contractors relying on less skilled labor just to keep up? Will the legal field of construction defects get out of hand?

Well, you can find those discussions somewhere else. What interests me is the glaring need to name the streets of these sudden subdivisions, and how developers exercise their creativity.

(Which leads to another question: can Google Maps and Mapquest keep up? So far, the answer is no. Roads are built and named so quickly that the newest ones won't make the maps for months.)

Anyway, I thought I would introduce a new feature here at Brevity: cropped screenshots of Las Vegas neighborhoods that have a definite theme. Here's the first.

In case you're curious, Rawhide and Russell are major roads that extend well beyond the 'hood. And Lucas Avenue is actually in a separate subdivision, but I kept it in for the nice coincidence. Neosho is a city in Missouri and a county in Kansas; I don't see the sci-fi significance. (Unless they're referring to Trinity.)

Finally, you have to wonder when "Kenobi" became "Kinobe" in the process. Was it the mistake of the developer, the signmaker, or within the thin layers of bureaucracy in between?

5 comments:

Angry Pregnant Lawyer said...

That is awesome. I should totally move to Leia street.

K-Lyn said...

I'm holding out for Wookie Way

Quinn said...

Neo's Ho. Excellent. I'm Quinn the Geek and I approve of this new feature.

Neel Mehta said...

"Ah, Tarkin Avenue. I recognized your foul stench when I first entered this subdivision."

Appreciate the comments. I'll post more of these.

Mainline Mom said...

Awesome. Sorry, I'm typing one handed.