Cashel Street, Bealey Avenue, Lincoln Road. We give streets different labels based on their attributes. Streets tend to be narrower with more activity on them, Avenues tend to be wide and tree-lined, Roads are usually more focused on the through-movement function. Crescents are crescent shaped, Places are dead-ends.
If anyone had ever asked me to guess, I would have said we have maybe a dozen or so of these types of labels. But I would have been so wrong. I was perusing the Waimakariri Engineering Code of Practice when I stumbled upon this table.
I was blown away how many labels are on this table. 121 to be exact. They couldn’t even fit them all on one page. Probably about a quarter of them I think I have seen used somewhere on a street but most I haven’t – “Anchorage”, “Brace”, “Brae”, “Circle”, for instance.
I’d be a big fan of seeing more of these being used in new subdivisions, rather than just calling everything “street” as this the usual practice. I feel like this would give a bit more variety and liven things up a little. I’d certainly pay more to live in Cashel Elbow than boring old Cashel Street.
How many of these have you come across in real life?