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Hollywood Boulevard?

Cleveland Heights street names are off balance! There is just one name with 'West' attached to it, while we have no fewer than six 'East' streets (plus Eastwick Road). Most 'Easts' are separated from their namesakes by Lee Road. East Overlook is separated from Overlook by a grand boulevard; East Antisdale is separated from Antisdale by a brief block, with both segments developed by the Rapid Transit Land Co. East Fairfax and East Scarborough are not only in a different tract than their counterparts West of Lee, but were originally within short-lived Idlewood Village.

New, as well as old street directories, maps, plat books, and phone book listings show no consistency. In 1912, we had 'East' segments of Berkshire, Fairfax, Monmouth, Overlook and Scarborough. Overlook was called 'East' only east of Coventry Road, while Derbyshire Road ended at Coventry. A one-block street connecting Cottage Grove and Lee, now part of Derbyshire, was labeled 'Rockwood Boulevard', Yorkshire Road, west of Lee, was Hollywood Boulevard, and Washington Boulevard, southeast of Hollywood, was Haycox Boulevard.

The 1920 plat book shows East Derbyshire (the segment later eliminated for Heights High), East Berkshire Road, East Yorkshire Road and Haycox Road as what is now Washington Boulevard east of Lee. A 1926 map shows Antisdale, Derbyshire (east of Cottage Grove), Monmouth, Overlook, Scarborough (only east of Taylor) and Yorkshire Roads with 'East' counterparts, while the 1927 plat book has added 'East' to Fairfax and Scarborough Roads east of Lee. This book and the 1941 Plat Book have East Derbyshire starting at Coventry, where there is no East Yorkshire or East Berkshire. Current signs separate Derbyshire from its 'East' segment at Lamberton Road, and both Yorkshire and Berkshire Roads continue east of Lee with no 'Easts.' 'East' is used only when a street is interrupted.

Developers most likely added "East" to existing streets because the existing names sounded dignified and the developers didn't have to conjure up anything new.

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  • A City Of Few Streets
    Have you ever wondered how your street got its name? Perhaps Cleveland Heights' bright new street signs will heighten awareness of your street names.
  • Hollywood Boulevard?
    How many readers know of streets in Cleveland Heights that actually are called "Street?"
  • National Origins
    That most Cleveland Heights streets sport the name of English towns or London streets or are derived from words in the English language is well agreed, but we have many street names originating from other nationalities gracing our community.
  • Neighbor Names
    Some of our Cleveland Heights streets take their names from thoroughfares they are near.
  • North Suburb
    Some hear the word “north” and start to shiver. Some label “northern Cleveland Heights” what is north of Mayfield, which for many years was lucky to be closer to Euclid Beach amusement park.
  • On The Avenue
    Jan Cigliano's The Grand Avenue: 1850-1920, of 1994, describes the history of selective prestigious thoroughfares in large American cities, including Cleveland.
  • On The Boulevard
    Officially naming a street 'Boulevard' was popular in the Cleveland of 1900-30.
  • Our London Connection
    Images of England were important to early Cleveland Heights developers, residents and would-be residents.
  • Our Wood Streets
    Our Cleveland Heights streets can boast no fewer than 16 streets with names ending in 'wood.'
  • Quirky Street Spellings
    The quirky spellings of some of our street names have long perplexed even excellent spellers.
  • Rocky Roads
    Cleveland Heights has several streets which honor the area's 19th-century quarries, including Quarry Road itself.
  • Royalty Among Us
    Cleveland Heights' 'royal streets'-Queenston, Kingston, Princeton and Canterbury Roads-were named with the English aristocratic imagery generally favored in the time of their development, about 1910.
  • Shorties
    Cleveland Heights has its turn-of-the-century 'country lanes,' but also has its very short streets-cut-throughs not found in the newer suburban areas of highways, winding drives and cul-de-sacs. Most of our short streets are by-ways connecting two to four streets.
  • Take A Drive
    What image does 'Drive' in a street name evoke to you?
  • Threes And Twos
    Our community is flush with streets grouped in trios and pairs.
  • The Name's (Almost) The Same
    Cleveland Heights, with most of its streets named within a 25-year period many years ago, has a number of street names so similar that they have confounded the public since first platted.
  • We're Flattered!
    If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Cleveland Heights must be appealing to residents elsewhere because some of our street names have been conscientiously copied in other communities.
  • What's In A Name?
    Sometimes the name of a street is influenced by that of a more major street nearby.

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