Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Did Cleveland have a Fleet Street?

By which I mean, were there places in Cleveland that designated where a particular industry was situated, or a historic function took place, or are just intriguing? In this case, the city's newspaper row was more on Rockwell, but we never called it so.

Looking more generally, there have been places that have funky names that weren't the formal designation, but perhaps became so when the city later created planning districts and development zones. The Flats comes immediately to mind, but there's also ethnic neighborhood names like Little Italy, ritzy place-names like Millionaire's Row, and modified street names like Short Vincent.

Cleveland isn't old enough to have mysterious designations from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, like Boston or New York (much less even earlier ones in London), but am I missing any historic place-names that aren't already hard-wired into the fabric and consciousness of the city, like Ohio City, but still have some ancient resonances?

Anything come to mind? I'd like Cleveland Memory to have something useful on each of these historic place-names we identify.

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At 4:30 PM, Blogger Bill Barrow said...

Some later suggestions sent in:
Bedford Auto Mile
Dead Man's Curve
Dead Men's Row
Doan's Corners
Emerald Necklace
Metrohealth Curve
Miles Park
Old Brooklyn
Pill Hill
Slavic Village
Warehouse District


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