How many readers
know of streets in Cleveland Heights that actually are called 'Street?'
We have only three: Edendale, Ardoon and Vandemar (English, Scottish and
probably Dutch or German names, respectively), all contiguous and running
north from Mayfield Road between Cleveland Heights Boulevard and Noble
Road. Not including Treuhaft-developed Lynn Park Drive between the Boulevard
and Edendale, which has slightly newer homes, these streets form a tract
originally referred to with the no-frills name of 'Acreage Subdivision
no. 1 & 2' in old plat books. This small district includes Noble School
property and the former Center Mayfield Theater building, and is filled
primarily with homes from ca. 1910 to 1925 - with many bungalows and early
Dutch colonials, as well as a few doubles.
In 1906, about the time this tract was laid out, the City
of Cleveland's street-naming and numbering system underwent massive change,
whereby most north-south streets were renamed with numbers and then called
'Streets.' The developers of most of Cleveland's early 20th-century suburban
streets, including those in Cleveland Heights, may have associated the
'Street' appellation with built-up cities or villages, and instead selected
'Road,' 'Avenue,' or 'Boulevard' for the grace or romance associated with
these terms. Did the developers of most Cleveland Heights neighborhoods,
earlier and later, connect 'Street' with the center city their buyers
often moved from, and therefore avoid it? The builders probably just favored
the images associated with the other terms for their leafy suburb. Naming
new streets 'Street' was, in any case, going out of fashion for new developments
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City Of Few Streets Have you ever wondered how your street got
its name? Perhaps Cleveland Heights' bright new street signs will
heighten awareness of your street names.
Boulevard? How many readers know of streets in Cleveland
Heights that actually are called "Street?"
Origins That most Cleveland Heights streets sport
the name of English towns or London streets or are derived from
words in the English language is well agreed, but we have many
street names originating from other nationalities gracing our
Names Some of our Cleveland Heights streets take
their names from thoroughfares they are near.
Suburb Some hear the word “north” and
start to shiver. Some label “northern Cleveland Heights”
what is north of Mayfield, which for many years was lucky to be
closer to Euclid Beach amusement park.
The Avenue Jan Cigliano's The Grand Avenue: 1850-1920,
of 1994, describes the history of selective prestigious thoroughfares
in large American cities, including Cleveland.
The Boulevard Officially naming a street 'Boulevard' was
popular in the Cleveland of 1900-30.
London Connection Images of England were important to early
Cleveland Heights developers, residents and would-be residents.
Wood Streets Our Cleveland Heights streets can boast
no fewer than 16 streets with names ending in 'wood.'
Street Spellings The quirky spellings of some of our street
names have long perplexed even excellent spellers.
Roads Cleveland Heights has several streets which
honor the area's 19th-century quarries, including Quarry Road
Among Us Cleveland Heights' 'royal streets'-Queenston,
Kingston, Princeton and Canterbury Roads-were named with the English
aristocratic imagery generally favored in the time of their development,
Shorties Cleveland Heights has its turn-of-the-century
'country lanes,' but also has its very short streets-cut-throughs
not found in the newer suburban areas of highways, winding drives
and cul-de-sacs. Most of our short streets are by-ways connecting
two to four streets.
A Drive What image does 'Drive' in a street name
evoke to you?
And Twos Our community is flush with streets grouped
in trios and pairs.
Name's (Almost) The Same Cleveland Heights, with most of its streets
named within a 25-year period many years ago, has a number of
street names so similar that they have confounded the public since
Flattered! If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,
Cleveland Heights must be appealing to residents elsewhere because
some of our street names have been conscientiously copied in other
In A Name? Sometimes the name of a street is influenced
by that of a more major street nearby.