How Streets Get Named, From Durt Road to Promenade Chardonnay
SEATTLE (Zillow) -- Yes, there really is a Farthell Road (Chambersburg, Texas), as well as a Durt Road (Casco, Maine), a Poop Deck (Freeport, Texas) and a Crummy Road (Clark Fork, Idaho).
Who decides whether you will be fated to live on one of those unfortunately named streets or on something with a more pleasant ring, such as Lucky Lane (Rockford, Ill., among many other cities), or a whimsical and memorable one, such as Haveteur Way (San Diego)?
It depends on your city or county, but most often street names are requested by the developers of new subdivisions.
Catherine Nicholas, agent/owner of the Cado Real Estate Group in San Diego, which builds subdivisions, says what happens in the city of Carlsbad (a San Diego suburb) is typical.
In the United States, most streets are named for numbers or trees. According to the National League of Cities, the most popular street name is Second (or 2nd). This is often because what would have been First is instead designated as Main or something similar, such as Broadway.
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