Thursday, August 9, 2012

What's Your (Street) Sign?

On the way to Jackson, CA on highway 88 you will find the Vogan Toll Road. A street name so unbelievably awesome it needed it's picture taken. Why did I find it awesome? Because in Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy the Vogons destroy Earth to make way for an intergalactic highway. The hubs and I made up a story in which the plucky residents named their street in response to the highway cutting through their view of beautiful Amador County.

I liked that idea. It's something I would do.

Unfortunately it's all complete and utter fiction.

The Vogan Toll Road was created early in the Civil War years as an alternate route to Jackson.

However, I was not deterred after this deflating discovery, so I went on the lookout for some genre street names that are not figments of my imagination.

The Kingwell Rise development in Wincanton, Somerset has streets named for Terry Pratchett's Discworld series - Peach Pie Stret and Treacle Mine Road. It's a more subtle homage, especially considering that they are nestled within other more traditionally named avenues. Is it too much to hope that they have Hogfather displays up at Christmas? (from: Daily Mail Online)

There is a neighborhood in Spain with twelve streets named after videogames. You could live on Mario Street or Final Fantasy Avenue, although I think I prefer Tetris Square. (from: Destructoid)

A leisurely internet search showed lots of proposals for naming alleys "Diagon Alley" (surprise, surprise), although my favorites were the proposed Firefly-inspired roads for a suburban development. How awesome would it be to live on Browncoat Boulevard? Although I have to admit, while I might enjoy that, I wonder about the vast hordes of suburbanites. I also didn't search too hard to see if this plan came together. I think I prefer the fantasy that someone, somewhere is enjoying the high life on Serenity Lane.

How about you? If the choice was yours, what street would you name?
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