The Broncks', the borough of my childhood, fades away

James Harbeck jharbeck at SYMPATICO.CA
Thu Dec 6 02:57:53 UTC 2007

>  >And -- wait, this just in -- it turns
>>out I live on one of them. Yes, my address is on The Esplanade. Gotta
>>tell ya, that's always a little nuisance giving over the phone to
>>people who are going to mail me stuff.
>And in London, the Strand.

Which means quite nearly the same thing as the esplanade, come to think of it.

London has some nice one-word street names, too. My fave is Poultry.
It used to be where they sold -- um, now what was it? can't remember
-- but now it's just a short little street in the business core,
actually a continuation of Cheapside (which was also a market street,
obviously, from the older sense of "cheap", not the modern). But I
can't off the top of my head think of another street in London that
starts with "the."

Now, how about place names that start with _indefinite_ articles? I
bet there are at least one or two streets of that sort, with names
the developer thought would be clever or endearing (perhaps A Nice

James Harbeck.

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