Officially naming a street 'Boulevard' was popular in the
Cleveland of 1900-30, though in some other cities the term 'Parkway' or
the standard 'Avenue' were more common for similarly platted streets.
Our Cleveland Heights has its share of Boulevards, generally broader than
average streets. The term stems from the French for bulwark (the top surface
of a military rampart); apparently, the broad, gracious, nineteenth-century
boulevards of Paris replaced these early fortifications.
Our Euclid Heights (originally Euclid) and Fairmount Boulevards
were planned with spacious lots and tree lawns, and for many years sported
streetcar lines over their median strips. Washington is our only other
Boulevard even partially divided and it, too, has generous lots and tree
lawns. Our Cleveland Heights Boulevard lacks the median but is uniquely
curvilinear; it is among about a dozen boulevards named for the Cleveland
suburb they are in.
Meadowbrook is our Boulevard that truly meanders, like the
brook it covered, and North Park is a Boulevard, like Fairmount and Euclid,
planned for mansions, but it substitutes a real park view for parkway
strip. Besides Lincoln, a two-block winding boulevard with large homes,
and Runnymede, a 1950s Boulevard, our remaining BoulevardsForest
Hills, Lee, Monticello, Mt. Vernon, and Northvaleare all wide parkways
transversing the picturesque Forest Hill development. Long live our majestic
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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.
Boulevard? How many readers know of streets in Cleveland
Heights that actually are called "Street?"
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
Names Some of our Cleveland Heights streets take
their names from thoroughfares they are near.
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.
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.
The Boulevard Officially naming a street 'Boulevard' was
popular in the Cleveland of 1900-30.
London Connection Images of England were important to early
Cleveland Heights developers, residents and would-be residents.
Wood Streets Our Cleveland Heights streets can boast
no fewer than 16 streets with names ending in 'wood.'
Street Spellings The quirky spellings of some of our street
names have long perplexed even excellent spellers.
Roads Cleveland Heights has several streets which
honor the area's 19th-century quarries, including Quarry Road
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,
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.
A Drive What image does 'Drive' in a street name
evoke to you?
And Twos Our community is flush with streets grouped
in trios and pairs.
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
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
In A Name? Sometimes the name of a street is influenced
by that of a more major street nearby.