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North "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. We do have some streets with “north” incorporated into their names, but there may or may not be a geographic connection.

North and South Park Boulevards – the latter entirely within Shaker Heights – meander around the northern two Shaker Lakes. Basically, any stretch of the old “Park Boulevard” running to the north of a lake was officially stamped “North.”

North Woodland Road was once long – the former name of the stretch of Fairmount Boulevard east of Lee Road. The name now belongs only to that brief connector of Larchmere and Fairmount Boulevards, while North Taylor Road is the portion of Taylor Road north of Mayfield within Cleveland Heights.

North St. James Parkway is actually south of Cedar Road and only labeled such to distinguish it from the “West” portion. Oddly, nine blocks directly west of North St. James is South Overlook Road – there is no “North Overlook.”

Northcliffe and Nordway Roads (“Nord” means north in French) were named picturesquely with no connection to their locations; they are in proximity to each other and have caused confusion for generations. But Northvale Boulevard, in Forest Hill, and Northampton Road, in our Crown Point subdivision, are both northerly of their respective tracts. Assumably these streets’ namers had that in mind.

Finally, our North Park and West Park Boulevards—should they be listed in street listing under “N” and “W” or under “P?” Directory publishers, as well as the County Auditor, have disagreed on that point for almost a century!

 
 
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  • A 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.
  • Hollywood Boulevard?
    How many readers know of streets in Cleveland Heights that actually are called "Street?"
  • National 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 community.
  • Neighbor Names
    Some of our Cleveland Heights streets take their names from thoroughfares they are near.
  • North 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.
  • On 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.
  • On The Boulevard
    Officially naming a street 'Boulevard' was popular in the Cleveland of 1900-30.
  • Our London Connection
    Images of England were important to early Cleveland Heights developers, residents and would-be residents.
  • Our Wood Streets
    Our Cleveland Heights streets can boast no fewer than 16 streets with names ending in 'wood.'
  • Quirky Street Spellings
    The quirky spellings of some of our street names have long perplexed even excellent spellers.
  • Rocky Roads
    Cleveland Heights has several streets which honor the area's 19th-century quarries, including Quarry Road itself.
  • Royalty 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, about 1910.
  • 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.
  • Take A Drive
    What image does 'Drive' in a street name evoke to you?
  • Threes And Twos
    Our community is flush with streets grouped in trios and pairs.
  • The 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 first platted.
  • We're 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 communities.
  • What's In A Name?
    Sometimes the name of a street is influenced by that of a more major street nearby.
 
 
 
 

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