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Got Answers: What's in a street name?

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Published on Oct 17, 2009

diane writes: who determines how streets, roads, avenues, and boulevards are named? we sent out jeremy jojola to get answers to this question. he found the info, including who may be behind one of the most mysterious street names in the city. in the city of albuquerque--ther e are more than four-thousand miles of roads, boulevards, streets, and avenues--- each one with a different name. "perhaps one of the more mysterious names here in albuquerque is juan tabo...who the heck was that guy?" "he's probably sounds like an explorer." "maybe some famous guy that did something in albuquerque." it's never been confirmed...but legend has it juan tabo may have been a sheep herder who lived in tijeras canyon long ago. an example of street names pulled from the city's past.... but today -- most new streets serve new developments -- and that means the naming rights go to developers. they can pick whatever street name they want, just as long as it's approved by city planners and doesn't cause confusion. "basically if it's a new development, developers get to pick the new names, and then it's reviewed by the city engineer in planning and the city surveyor." but what is designated a road, a street, a boulevard? according to the city's street ordinance...it depends on the the direction and size of the.. thoroughfare. roads and avenues run east and west like central avenue. drives and streets run north and south--- and big roads..that are major arteries are called boulevards... so there's a lot in a name, both past and present.

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