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Michelle
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posted 23 April 2004 01:10 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Mistysugar Trail, Thornhill.

Bridal Path (in lots of cities)

Country Club Drive, Kingston (yeah, it's called that, and the neighbourhood is just as you'd imagine)


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Hinterland
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posted 23 April 2004 01:17 PM      Profile for Hinterland        Edit/Delete Post
Actually, you can add "..or just plain banal" to the thread title, Michelle. I live in a appallingly ordinary suburb full of cookie-cutter tract houses where all the street names are varieties of wine. It's known by the city PR flacks as the "Vinyard", despite the fact that the closest thing to a grape found here is the Graperoo gum sold at the corner store.

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Michelle
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posted 23 April 2004 01:53 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Yeah, there's an area like that in Kingston too, except it's known as "The Fruit Bowl" because a bunch of streets in the area have fruit names. Cherry Street, Plum Street, etc.
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Bacchus
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posted 23 April 2004 02:21 PM      Profile for Bacchus     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
On a side note, I found out why that section of San Francisco was called the tenderloin. It was hilarius
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lagatta
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posted 23 April 2004 02:29 PM      Profile for lagatta     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Michelle, Bridal Path or Bridle Path?

Why the "tenderloin", was it an area of brothels, or of slaughterhouses? Seems "Côte-de-Liesse" here is a reference to a long-forgotten House of Ill Repute.

I can't stand estate-agent talk such as "townhomes". Expressions like "buying a home" (rather than house) are bad enough.


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Michelle
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posted 23 April 2004 02:32 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
This is true, lagatta. Townhomes, indeed!

Yes, Bridle Path, of course! That's what I meant. It's funny, I've always thought of it as "Bridal" because ever since I heard that street name in Kingston as a teenager, I always thought it was meant to evoke images of a newly-married couple's first new house in the suburbs. So now it's a mental block for me - I know the right word, but I instinctively write the other one.


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Willowdale Wizard
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posted 23 April 2004 02:36 PM      Profile for Willowdale Wizard   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
tenderloin: it's a gritty area, so policemen were paid more to work its streets, therefore affording the cops better cuts of meat.
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Bacchus
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posted 23 April 2004 02:37 PM      Profile for Bacchus     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
It was called the tenderloin because the the police were able to get so much corruption bribes and money from there, that they were able to dine on steak in the fancy restaurants (circa 1906, the earthquake and fire).
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Section 49
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posted 23 April 2004 02:58 PM      Profile for Section 49     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
So, San Fran cops...gritty or dirty?
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Puetski Murder
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posted 23 April 2004 03:04 PM      Profile for Puetski Murder     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
The development of homes in the old Greenwood racetrack area of Toronto has the most pukalicious Pottery Barn chic names. It looks like they are trying to pay homage to the old racetrack. There is a street called "Winner's Circle" and "Winddancer Blvd" or some such trip.

Ew.


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Bacchus
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posted 23 April 2004 03:08 PM      Profile for Bacchus     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Well according to the book Im reading now Disaster-The Great San Francisco Earthquake and Fire of 1906 by Dan Kurzman.; the adminsitration, Mayor and police were all corrupt beyond belief (maybe even more than new orleans) with the exception of the Fire Department. The mayor and his backer were supposed to testify at a inquiry into their corruption the day of the earthquake (both later were given lengthy jail terms for corruption later).
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lagatta
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posted 23 April 2004 04:55 PM      Profile for lagatta     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Actually, Michelle, this thread should be in "out and about".
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Michelle
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posted 23 April 2004 05:02 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
YES! It should! I spent about 2 minutes trying to decide where on earth this thread would fit!
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