HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED HOW STREETS ARE NAMED IN LAS VEGAS?

With the rapid growth that our city experienced toward the end of the 90s, the city planners were having a hard time coping with finding suitable names for our streets. So in 1998 The Las Vegas Valley Street Naming and Address Assignment Policy was developed by a committee of representatives from Clark County, Clark County DIME File, the Fire Alarm office, Henderson, Las Vegas, the Metropolitan Police Department, North Las Vegas and the U.S. Post Office in an attempt to identify solutions to our common problems with street naming and addressing.

The Las Vegas Valley Street Naming and Addressing Assignment Policy was intended to reduce the number of conflicts between various government agencies, land developers and property owners while maintaining a clear and efficient system for the provision of emergency services. This new policy was adopted in the form of an ordinance throughout the valley to maximize the efficiency of delivery of all kinds of services.

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Curious facts about our streets:

  • Street names can’t already be in use, be offensive or be confusing, especially to police or firefighters. Clark County policy dictates that names with similar pronunciations be used only once valleywide. And only common spellings are allowed — for instance, “Jane Road,” not “Jayne Road”.
  • Street names in a foreign language are not accepted unless their meaning is polite and reasonable.
  • Names that tend to be slurred or difficult to pronounce may not be used.
  • In residential developments, the developers are responsible for picking the names of the streets and for providing the signs.  Some developers let engineers name streets. Offbeat choices might reflect a developer’s personal taste or sense of humor. There even are rumors that Henderson city workers who processed a development’s plans named a cluster of streets after their dogs.
  • Street names can be no longer than 20 characters and can’t be stand-alone prepositions, conjunctions, numbers or letters.
  • Local roads have been named after baseball players, fashion designers and police officers killed in the line of duty.
  • A sampling of neighborhoods with clusters of themed streets
    • Alcohol: Whiskey Lane, Rum Lane, Tequilla Drive, Chablis Drive, Cognac Lane, Scotch Drive, Kalua Drive
    • Baseball stadiums: Comiskey Park Street, Ebbets Field Street, Wrigley Field Avenue, Fenway Park Avenue
    • Caribbean: Rum Clay Lane, Grenada Circle, Tobago Lane, St. Martin Avenue, Jamaica Way
    • Casinos: T Bird Drive, Stardust Drive, Sands Drive, Sahara Drive, Flamingo Drive, Tropicana Drive
    • Literature: Arabian Nights Street, Time Machine Avenue, Oliver Twist Lane, Tom Sawyer Street, Black Beauty Street
    • Fairy tales: Cinderella Lane, Aladdin Lane, Rip Van Winkle Lane, Hansel Circle, Gretel Circle, King Midas Way, Sleepy Hollow Way
    • Golf: Broken Par Drive, Trailing Putt Way, Dog Leg Drive, Cart Crossing Way, Ladies Tee Court
    • Nuts: Pistachio Nut Avenue, Macadamia Drive, Cashew Court, Walnut Family Lane, Pecan Pie Court
  • When used, “Avenue” represents a generally east-west street. And “Street” represents a generally north-south street.
  • A “Bubble Street” is a type of cul-de-sac which measures less than 100 feet from the point of radius of the turnaround to the centerline of the connecting street.
  • The downtown streets named with just a letter were meant to honor 14 famous African American historical figures.
  • A Street was named for Maya Angelou, 1928-2014.
  • B Street was named for Mary McLeod Buthune, 1875-1955.
  • C Street was named for Sherian Grace Cadoria, born in 1943.
  • D Street honors Dorothy Dandridge, 1922-1965.
  • E Street was named for Medgar Evers, 1925-1963.
  • F Street honors Andrew Rube Foster, 1879-1930.
  • G Street honors Althea Gibson, 1927-2003.
  • H Street was named for Langston Hughes, 1902-1967.
  • I Street honors Edith May Irby, born in 1927.
  • J Street honors Barbara Jordan, 1936-1996.
  • K Street honors Maulana Karenga, founder of Kwanzaa, born in 1941.
  • L Street was named for Ida Elizabeth Lewis, born in 1935.
  • M Street was named for Rose Morgan, 1912-2008.
  • N Street was named for the Nicholas brothers: Fayard Nicholas, 1914–2006, and Harold Nicholas, 1921–2000.

 

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