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Old 05-03-2013, 06:02 PM
 
Location: Cleveland
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I find it interesting that only maybe one or two cities use this word. Do you know what a tree lawn is?

Are there any other words that you know that are only used in one or two cities?
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Old 05-03-2013, 07:21 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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In Chicago it's called the parkway. Not sure how common that is.

In Akron they call it the devil strip......now that is a strange one.
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Old 05-03-2013, 07:59 PM
 
Location: Wonderland
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In the south, we call a lawn that has no grass (a sandy lawn) a "swept lawn." That's because the sand is swept with a broom every few days, and the weeds are pulled up when they show up, leaving a clean sandy expanse of lawn.

I have no idea what a tree lawn is though!
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Old 05-03-2013, 08:15 PM
 
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So it's the area between a sidewalk and the street? I didn't even realize that it had a special name!
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Old 05-03-2013, 11:43 PM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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it's what we call a false spring.
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Old 05-04-2013, 08:31 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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It would be useful of the OP would tell us what he thinks a tree lawn is, so those of us who call it something else will know it. And for those of us who are driven by a modicum of curiosity, in what city is the term 'tree lawn' used? (You'll never win the "most informative poster' prize.)

In one city that I lived in, the strip of grass between the sidewalk and the street was called "the parking". I can't recall, I think that was in Moncton, NB.

As for his question, I think St. Louis is the only city where traffic streets that are adjacent to but not on Freeways are called "depressed lanes". In a lot of cities, listening to the traffic reports on the radio is like listening to the mumbo jumbo at a convention of some arcane secret society. In Denver, you have to avoid the "mousetrap". In New Orleans, traffic moves normally when industrial crossings are down. In Midwestern states in winter, some roads are reported as "50% covered", but nobody knows what that means except the department of highways.

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Old 05-04-2013, 09:06 AM
 
Location: Cleveland
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^ Tree lawns are, as you and other posters have mentioned, the strip of grass between the sidewalk and the road, on which a tree is normally planted by the city. The term is primarily used in Cleveland.
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Old 05-04-2013, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Cleveland
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Haha this is so funny because when I was in the Navy, I'd go around my ship asking everyone what a tree lawn was and nobody has ever heard the term before! I am also from Cleveland by the way...
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Old 02-06-2015, 11:20 AM
 
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Default what is a tree lawn

it is a patch if lawn separated by sidewalk from the main lawn where people often time put ther refuse containers for town pick up. "According to Michael Simon of the chew, his family had such in Cleveland."
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Old 02-06-2015, 01:51 PM
 
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What are the one or two cities? We call it a tree lawn where I live.
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