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Rocky Road

27 May, 2011

Why did the chicken cross the boulevard? Because crossing a street was beneath her dignity. Or that’s one claim inferred by Standards Australia, a body out to clarify our roadmap. According to a Herald piece this morning, the group has listed some 52 road types, from crescent to cul-de-sac, from parade to promenade, from close to no cigar….

Things are getting too flaky, they say. Land developers are keener to opt for grove versus road, coz it just seems to warrant a higher price-tag. Must an avenue have trees? Does promenade presuppose pedestrians only? Is a lane the same as an alley? All these curly suburban questions, and more.

So what’s your take on this whole dilemma? How do you read the street semantics? I can’t stand how freeways come with a toll, and expressways are often jammed. Or to me, a road that calls itself a way implies a view, or at least a scenic element – but that seldom applies.

Seen an ironic road-name lately? How do you define drive vs road vs street vs place? Thought this definition debate right up your alley –

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