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Old 10-18-2012, 10:50 AM
 
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I can't answer your question, but at least there's only one Boulevard now. Hosea L. Williams Drive, which runs perpendicular to Boulevard, used to be named Boulevard Avenue. It was renamed just before Mr. Williams' death in 2000.
It was actually called Boulevard Drive. But still, you're right--it is better that they re-named it Hosea L. Williams Drive.
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Old 10-18-2012, 10:54 AM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA (Dunwoody)
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Don't forget about "The By Way"!

Another Atlanta street name gem.
Does that intersect wit Around the Way?
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Old 10-18-2012, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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It was actually called Boulevard Drive. But still, you're right--it is better that they re-named it Hosea L. Williams Drive.
Love living on Hosea, I always have to spell it for people. They automatically assume its spelled Josea.
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Old 10-18-2012, 11:07 AM
 
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I read somewhere in the past that people once talked about "strolling the boulevard" due to the opulent mansions that were built there as it became a prestigious address, and the name just stuck. Here is a little information about Boulevard, but I can't seem to find what I read before: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boulevard_(Atlanta)
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Old 10-18-2012, 11:12 AM
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Kirkwood was a separate town until annexed in 1921. The main street through the town as named Boulevard Drive. 911 never forced cities and counties to change street names to keep the confusion at a minimum.
Boulevard Drive is still a street in Atlanta.

Once Hosea Williams crosses Moreland and goes into Reynoldstown, it changes names to Boulevard Drive.
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Old 10-18-2012, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA
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Boulevard has to be Atlanta's most interesting street alignment. Few people driving on Lenox Road in Buckhead probably realize that if they follow it far enough to the south, they'll end up at the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary, after some very bizarre twists and turns. Lenox Rd > Cheshire Bridge > Monroe > Boulevard.
I see what you're saying but technically this is not true because Lenox breaks off of Cheshire at Bamboo Luau long before before you get to Piedmont, where Cheshire in fact ends. The street across from that intersection is Piedmont Circle, which turns into Monroe Drive at the intersection of Armour Drive and I-85. Got that?

So the actual progression is LENOX > CHESHIRE > LENOX > NORTH HIGHLAND > HIGHLAND > FREEDOM PARKWAY and/or PEIDMONT AVENUE NORTH which puts you back in the direction you just came from.
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Old 10-18-2012, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA (Dunwoody)
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I dunno. I think it would be hilarious to have a Boulevard Drive, Boulevard Avenue, Boulevard Road and, of course the crown jewel, Boulevard Boulevard! I like funny street names. I love living on Happy Hollow because in my old hometown "Happy Holler" was the vice area. I like to imagine that this one was as well. Highly unlikely as they were horse farms but if "chicken ranch" can be a euphemism for a house of ill repute, I don't know why "horse farm" couldn't be as well.
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Old 10-18-2012, 11:14 AM
 
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It was actually called Boulevard Drive. But still, you're right--it is better that they re-named it Hosea L. Williams Drive.
Better yet, just "Williams Drive." There are hundreds of streets named after people, but this recent fad of using middle names and initials and Jr. and Sr. is just ridiculous and way too cumbersome.

It's also highly disrespectful of the person being honored. Do people think that unless you include the first name and middle initial people would not know who Hosea Williams is? "You mean the Hosea L. Williams? I thought this street was named in honor of Joe Bob Williams who used to have that tomato stand out in Duluth, or maybe his brother."

For Pete's sake.

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Old 10-18-2012, 11:21 AM
 
Location: ๏̯͡๏﴿ Gwinnett-That's a Civil Matter-County
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And on a similar topics could someone tell me why Beaver Ruin is called Beaver Ruin? What exactly did the beavers ruin?
well since you asked... clicky
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Old 10-18-2012, 11:23 AM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA (Dunwoody)
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Yeah, but Williams is such a common surname. It is almost generic. I agree it is too cumbersome, but Atlanta seems to like cumbersome.
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