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Local names for roads, parks, places- history/culture vs. marketing by developers

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I had no idea that recently some new streets in our city, will have Blackfoot Indian names with bilingual signage. That is a real first for road names locally.  https://www.sprawlcalgary.com/you-cant-just-take-a-name   Of course, sometimes there's enough heated debate and controversy.

Probably more unusual thing in our city is that our major roadways are called "Trail",  Blackfoot Trail, Sarcee Trail, Shaganappi Trail, Deerfoot Trail.  They aren't and weren't walking trails.  Deerfoot Trail is heavily used aertrial car road.  It's named after a local First Nations (native Indian) runner over a century ago.  Bikes aren't allowed on Deerfoot Trail.

I'm a strong supporter of using names of roads, parks,....that reflect local history, local natural phenomena and certain events.  It gives a city/area a unique branding and memory for both residents and visitors.  Our municapility like other big cities, does have a written policy and guidelines of naming for public infrastructure, parks, etc...it's to deal with public suggestions, screening process and give guidance to local council and groups.

There are some older suburban neighbourhoods which have Silverspring attached to road, boulevard, crescent, etc. which is the dumbest thing to do.  It makes it slightly confusing for some drivers and cyclists when in the neighbourhood.  Our city no longer accepts this practice for new developments.

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The name of my road was changed when they were implementing the 911 emergency call system. We were not notified until we got a notice in our mailbox of the change. It was changed from North Cottage to Skunk Run Road.

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9 minutes ago, Longjohn said:

The name of my road was changed when they were implementing the 911 emergency call system. We were not notified until we got a notice in our mailbox of the change. It was changed from North Cottage to Skunk Run Road.

Do people avoid your road now?  :loveshower:

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