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What's the name of your town's mainstreet(s)?

Atlanta's is the original Peachtree Street.

Douglasville's is Broad Street and Ga. Hi-way 5

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Nashville - Broadway/West End Avenue (US Highway 70, 70S, 431) and 8th Avenue (US Highway 31) and Lafayette Street/Murfreesboro Road (US Highway 41) and Main Street/Gallatin Road (US Highway 31E) and Nolesville Road/4th, 2nd Avenues (US Highway 31A 41A)

Brentwood - Franklin Pike(US Highway 31)

Franklin - Main Street/Franklin Pike/Columbia Avenue (US Highway 31) and 5th Avenue/Hillsboro Pike (US Highway 431) and 3rd Avenue/TN Highway 96

Mufreesboro - NW/SE Broad Street (US Highway 41) and Old Fort Parkway (TN Highway 96)

Smyrna - Lowry Street(US Highway 41)

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Woodward Avenue does have a bit of a story behind it. When Detroit burned to the ground in 1805, Judge Augustus Woodward came up with a plan that the whole city would follow as it developed. The plan borrowed heavily from L'Enfant's plan for Washington, D.C. The plan had 200 foot wide main avenues and many parks. The avenues were to be connected by circular parks. When asked why he named Detroit's main street after himself, Judge Woodward said that he had intended for Washington Blvd. to be the main street, and that Woodward Avenue got its name because it ran towards the woods north of the city.

Here is Judge Woodward's plan for Detroit. The portion shaded in black is the portion that was constructed.

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Here is the city as it exists today. Obviously they never even got the first of the circular parks done. Grand Circus Park was supposed to be the site of Michigan's Capitol Building when Detroit was the state capitol; however, Grand Circus Park was considered to be in the middle of nowhere at the time.

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And finally two images of Woodward Avenue. The first is looking south towards the Detroit River. The second is looking North, as Woodward continues through the heart of the city and to the suburbs beyond.

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That would have been one impressive street plan to see put in place, Allan.

It reminds me of a cross between L'Enfant's plan for DC (the street layout) and Ogelthorpe's plan for Savannah (the parks at the street intersection).

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The suburb that I live in (Cranston population 80,000) is about 5 minutes south of Providence. If anyone cares ;) our two main streets are Park Avenue and Reservoir Avenue

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Miami is divided into quadrants: Flagler Street is the north/south divider and Miami Ave is the east/west divider. A typical numbered grid systems. Everything north of Flagler and west of Miami has a NW address, and so on and so on for NE, SE and SW.

Flagler is our designated and historical downtown "Main Street".

Coral Gables - Coral Way, also known as Miracle Mile.

Homestead - Krome Ave.

Fort Lauderdale - Las Olas Blvd.

Florida has a program to try to revive these Main streets in cities and small towns throughout the state.

http://dhr.dos.state.fl.us/preservation/ar...ure/mainstreet/

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Miami - Flagler technically, but from a functional standpoint, US-1 (Biscayne/Brickell) functions as Main Street Miami these days.

Augusta, GA - Broad St. (US-25)

Aiken, SC - 2 cross streets are essentially equal - Laurens St. (SC-19) and Richland Ave. (US-1/US-78)

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I would say Hennepin Avenue for Minneapolis. Several bars, theatres, museums along this road, and it extends through many, many neighborhoods of Minneapolis.

As for St. Paul I would say Snelling Avenue, or Grand Avenue perhaps. Neither of which go through downtown.

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Where did Hennepin the name come from?

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Hennepin County was named after Father Louis Hennepin, a Catholic friar and an explorer in the service of France. He explored the region in the late 1600's.

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Nashville - Broadway/West End Avenue (US Highway 70, 70S, 431) and 8th Avenue (US Highway 31) and Lafayette Street/Murfreesboro Road (US Highway 41) and Main Street/Gallatin Road (US Highway 31E) and Nolesville Road/4th, 2nd Avenues (US Highway 31A 41A)

Brentwood - Franklin Pike(US Highway 31)

Franklin - Main Street/Franklin Pike/Columbia Avenue (US Highway 31) and 5th Avenue/Hillsboro Pike (US Highway 431) and 3rd Avenue/TN Highway 96

Mufreesboro - NW/SE Broad Street (US Highway 41) and Old Fort Parkway (TN Highway 96)

Smyrna - Lowry Street(US Highway 41)

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i have to disagree nashvol85. i believe that old hickory blvd takes that title. :P i mean come on, the street is everywhere you go!!!! :lol:

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Rock Hill, SC: Main Street

Columbia, SC: Main Street

Greenville, SC: Main Street

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You can add Spartanburg and Anderson to that list :)

Main St.

Gaffney, SC: Limestone St.

Charleston, SC: King St and Meeting St

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Pittsburgh has as its Grande Boulevard: Grant Street

Named after the British (Scottish) Col. in the French and Indian (or 7 years or first world . . . war, not Ulysses)

Some might say Liberty Avenue in Pittsburgh also.

Grant Street though is bricked and has wide scenic plant islands in its median--similar to Park Avenue in NYC.

Grant is also the Global HQ Home for:

U.S. Steel (600 Grant Street)

Koppers Chemicals (main entrance on 7th Avenue but also on Grant Street)

Mellon Financial (500 Grant Street)

Federated Investors (main entrance at the terminus of Grant Street on Liberty Ave.)

And also has as residents:

Pittsburgh City Hall

Allegheny County Courthouse

Federal Reserve Bank Branch Pittsburgh

Federal Courthouse

U.S. Post Office Main City Branch

Pennsylvania RR Station and Tower

Federal Office Tower

Pittsburgh Police Department HQ (moving to Northshore though)

The Frick Tower named after Andrew Carnegie's #2 is on Grant Street

The Pittsburgh Omni Hotel

The Pittsburgh Westin Hotel (on Liberty at the terminus of Grant)

The Pittsburgh Ramada Hotel (on Bigelow Square)

And the Grant Tower which was the first skyscraper to have its roof used for a Radio Broadcast tower!

:)

For almost a half century it was also the global HQ for the world's 8th largest financial entity (read the "Seven Sisters"):

Gulf Oil Corporation

3rd largest oil company.

Which in the mid 1980s became Chevron/Texaco (everything east of Colorado and Texas for the company--including all of Europe, Canada and some of Asia were at one time Gulf Oil Stations).

It mergeing with Chevron/Texaco was partly the basis for the movie Wall Street (there is a long a interesting story behind its downfall).

Only mention it because the skyscraper is one of my all time favorites and probably the best one built in Pittsburgh prior to 1970. Art Deco to the extreme with limestone-sheathed exterior and capped by a stepped pyramid, which was modeled after the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus (one of the Wonders of the ancient world). ;)

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