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Street naming conventions

Original post made by Anamika, Midtown, on Jul 30, 2007

What are the guidelines to name a street as "Ave", "Rd", "Way"? Direction / Traffic load ?

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 30, 2007 at 8:48 pm

Not exactly the answer to your question, but I have bought a book from Books Inc at Stanford which lists all the street names in Palo Alto and where the ideas of the names came from. Some have a real history while others are named after someone in the building/planning office. It is a fun book to look at.


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Posted by natasha
a resident of Meadow Park
on Jul 31, 2007 at 5:28 am

I have noticed that "streets" run north south (ish - parallel to El Camino) while "avenues" run east-west (parallel to Oregon Expressway).