I found myself launching into one of my characteristic diatribes about the origins and nature of street names while relaxing with friends yesterday. Then today I notice this blog post about an LA Times profile of the man who’s job it is to approve new street names in Riverside County, California, the fastest-growing county in the country. Apparently it’s all he can do to prevent duplicate names too close together and ensure cul-de-sacs are honestly named.
Ann Arbor blogger and acquaintance of mine Larry Kestenbaum has a great page on the history of street naming on his website, where he suggests a book that’s on my to-read list for DC, George Washington Never Slept Here: The History of Street Names in Washington, D.C.. (Which appears rare after a couple failed web searches.)
Back in April I posted some thoughts about place names in general: “A Few Thoughts on Place Names“