An interesting read over at The Awl about the names of streets and urban development in Las Vegas and what that says about the city, the real estate boom and bust, and Americans, more broadly.
There’s also Internet Avenue, Purple Haze Street, Anchorman Way (incidentally, near Ferrell Street), and Elvis Alive Drive. There’s Hole in 1 Street, Peaceful Dreams Street, Nature Scene Drive, Exotic Plum Ave, Edifice Avenue, Music Avenue, Backslash Avenue, and Coffee Grinder Court. There’s even a street named for Grand Moff Tarkin. (You know, Grand Moff Tarkin? The guy who built the Death Star and blew up Alderaan with it?)
These are people’s addresses, and while they might be used as mere labels, the apparent carelessness with which the city’s streets have been named reveals the deep lack of civic spirit engendered by the housing boom. The unfortunate fact is that, if you build enough houses, you start to build cities. As anyone who has walked by Canal or Wall Street with his father can tell you, street names offer a connection to a city’s past, a sobering reminder that even the grandest city in the nation was never an inevitability. Well, does Las Vegas’ strange assortment of street names offer any similar lessons?
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