[Ads-l] beltway

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed Nov 15 15:01:37 EST 2017


> On Nov 15, 2017, at 2:15 PM, MULLINS, WILLIAM D (Bill) CIV USARMY RDECOM AMRDEC (US) <william.d.mullins18.civ at MAIL.MIL> wrote:
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> Decatur, AL has road that loops around town that is locally called "The Beltline.”

Given that these roads loop around town and that belts slip through loops, perhaps it’s only fair such bypass roads are often called Loops.  By the 1960s and possibly earlier, Rochester, NY sported both an Inner Loop and an Outer Loop.  (Not for public transportation like the Chicago Loop.)

LH 
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>> On Nov 13, 2017, at 3:26 PM, Andy Bach <afbach at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
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>>> Excellent work, Peter. It looks like the predecessor term to "beltway"
>> was "belt highway".
>> 
>> In Wisconsin (Madison, anyway) it's known as "the Beltline".  WikiP lists 2
>> "beltline" entries, Madison Hwy 12 and Oregon (where's it noted as "not a
>> complete beltway":
>> Caution-https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_Route_569
>> )* <Caution-https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Citation_needed>* Our local
>> newspaper cites an article
>> Caution-http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/ask/just-ask-us/just-ask-us-how-did-the-beltline-get-its-name/article_b7a67428-f81f-5530-9242-d66a8c16bfb9.html
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>> claiming "A State Journal article published Aug. 14, 1937, reports that
>> Randall Avenue property owners petitioned the City Council for the creation
>> of “an outer belt line".  The actual construction started in 1948
>> 
>> 
>> On Mon, Nov 13, 2017 at 1:52 AM, ADSGarson O'Toole <
>> adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com> wrote:
>> 
>>> Excellent work, Peter. It looks like the predecessor term to "beltway"
>>> was "belt highway". Here is an instance in 1937. The article says that
>>> the group in favor of building the "belt highway" proposed it back in
>>> 1929 although I do not know if it was described with the term "belt
>>> highway" back in 1929.
>>> 
>>> Date: July 18, 1937
>>> Newspaper: The Indianapolis Sunday Star
>>> Newspaper Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
>>> Article: Belt Highway Is Proposed to Relieve Traffic in Indianapolis
>>> Author: C. L. Kern (Automobile Editor of The Star)
>>> Quote Page 25, Column 1
>>> Database: Newspapers.com
>>> 
>>> [Begin excerpt]
>>> Construction of a belt highway around Indianapolis would be one means
>>> of removing heavy trucks from Indianapolis streets, says Todd Stoops,
>>> secretary-manager of the Hoosier Motor Club. . . .
>>> 
>>> The average tourist when entering Indianapolis very seldom makes a
>>> purchase in the center of the city but rather at the outskirts, so
>>> with this belt highway the tourist would avoid the downtown section
>>> altogether. It will speed him on his way and at the same time downtown
>>> merchants will benefit by the reduction of traffic in city streets. .
>>> . .
>>> 
>>> "The Hoosier Motor Club launched its campaign to build a belt highway
>>> around the city in 1929 and it had the support of the Merchants'
>>> Association, the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce and the Auto Trade
>>> Association of Indianapolis.
>>> [End excerpt]
>>> 
>>> Garson
>>> 
>>> 
>>> On Mon, Nov 13, 2017 at 2:02 AM, Peter Reitan <pjreitan at hotmail.com>
>>> wrote:
>>>> Bill pointed out the DC beltway from 1951.
>>>> 
>>>> Garson found the Baltimore beltway from 1949.
>>>> 
>>>> The "Managua Beltway" was proposed in 1945.  It was a project to be
>>> funded by a loan from the International Development Fund. It was criticized
>>> as perhaps too beneficial to Samoza.
>>>> 
>>>> Caution-http://www.newspapers.com/clip/15087702/the_morning_herald
>>>> 
>>>> Hagerstown Morning Herald (Hagerstown, Maryland), September 7, 1945,
>>> page 28.
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> Caution-http://www.newspapers.com/clip/15087702/the_morning_herald
>>>> 
>>>> Hagerstown Morning Herald (Hagerstown, Maryland), September 7, 1945,
>>> page 28.
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>>>> From: ADSGarson O'Toole<Caution-mailto:adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM>
>>>> Sent: ‎11/‎12/‎2017 22:15
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>>>> Subject: Re: beltway
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>>>> Bill Mullins wrote:
>>>>> The new releases for the OED in September included "beltway", as in the
>>>>> highway loop that surrounds Washington DC.
>>>>> 
>>>>> OED has 6 Aug 1951 for the term.
>>>>> 
>>>>> This can be antedated by one day (at least).
>>>>> 
>>>>> Washington DC _Evening Star_ 5 Aug 1951 p A2 col 1
>>>>> 
>>>>> "The proposed beltway would connect Route 1 on the Southwest with Route
>>>>> 40 on the West, Route 140 on the Northwest, Route 111 on the North and
>>>>> Route 1 and Route 40 on the Northeast."
>>>> 
>>>> Nice work, Bill. Here is an instance in 1949. Beltway appears in the
>>>> headline and body.
>>>> 
>>>> Date: November 18, 1949
>>>> Newspaper: The Baltimore Sun
>>>> Newspaper Location: Baltimore, Maryland
>>>> Article: County Maps New Beltway
>>>> Artcicle Subtitle: Reports on Preliminary Plan to Relieve Traffic
>>>> Quote Page 25, Column 5
>>>> Database: Newspapers.com
>>>> 
>>>> Caution-https://www.newspapers.com/image/216863959/?terms=%22new%2Bbeltway%22
>>>> 
>>>> [Begin excerpt]
>>>> Mapping a proposed beltway around the city, the Baltimore county
>>>> Planning Commission made public yesterday a preliminary plan to
>>>> relieve "hardening of the traffic arteries" in the metropolitan area.
>>>> . . .
>>>> 
>>>> The circumferential beltway would connect with the Governor Ritchie
>>>> highway in Anne Arundel county and with an interchange at the
>>>> Baltimore-Washington expressway now under construction.
>>>> [End excerpt]
>>>> 
>>>> Garson
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>>> 
>>>>> 
>>>>> "inside the beltway" OED has 1982
>>>>> 
>>>>> Washington DC _Evening Star_ 30 Nov 1980 p C2 col 3
>>>>> 
>>>>> "Inside the beltway, cutting out the perks wasn't popular, but in the
>>>>> rest of the country, it played very well.  It was part of the Carter
>>>>> image we wanted to portray."
>>>>> 
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