What image does
'Drive' in a street name evoke to you? Peaceful carriage rides in 1890s
Sunday afternoon on New York's luxurious Riverside Drive or Chicago's
Lake Shore Drive, or on Cleveland's own turn-of-the-century Edgewater
Drive? Tranquil post-war suburban streets? Although there are few Drives
in Lakewood, University Heights or Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights has
Two of our earliest tracts--Ambler Heights (now called Chestnut
Hills) and Euclid Golf (Roxboro)--have nearly all Drives, such as British-named
Ardleigh, Demington, or Elandon. Add to these tracts nearby Delaware Drive.
Several more of our older streets--Colonial, Forest View, Parkway--are
Our beautiful 1920s Oakridge tract, with its winding streets,
is comprised of several drives; nearby is Lynn Park. Montevista and Sylvanhurst
were drives in some early plat books. Edison also sometimes appears as
Off or near Noble Road are Lecona, Ravine, Eloise, and Clifford
Drives, once joined by Medford. Off Monticello Boulevard are Keystone
and Quarry Drives (and Allston and Renfield used to be called such), and
off of North Taylor is Hanover Drive. Forest Hill has its Chelsea, Newbury
and Glen Allen Drives. The latter--one of our few true post-war streets--is
an extension of the Oakridge development.
Indeed, early Cleveland Heights developers pioneered the
'Drive' term several decades before it was popularized around the U.S.