The USA is a creative country, but creativity has limits! We’ve had to reuse names here and there. Let’s take a trip through America and compare a few of these sister streets that share names.
In Manhattan, Canal Street is a broad thoroughfare that divides SoHo from Little Italy. It’s infamous as a marketplace full of street vendors selling DVDs and “designer” merchandise of, shall we say, questionable provenance. Bring cash!
There’s also a famous Canal Street in New Orleans, itself a boundary street that separates the French Quarter from the Central Business District. Streetcar tracks run through the center of the street, providing a public transportation route between City Park and the Mississippi River.
Little-heard on the East Coast, this name meaning “wharf” in Spanish is an important part of some California cities. In San Francisco, it runs along the waterfront of Telegraph Hill and South Beach.
In San Diego, the Embarcadero is the area along the harbor where some noteworthy nautical sights can be seen. The ships in the collection of the Maritime Museum of San Diego are docked here, including the majestic Star of India, and the long-serving USS Midway is currently serving out its retirement here as a museum ship.
To some, Ocean Drive will forever be the stretch of Miami Beach that is packed with buildings made in the Art Deco architectural style. Tours of the area are popular among architectural buffs, and the nightlife and shopping found there are a brilliant bonus!
In New Jersey, Ocean Drive has a different meaning: it’s a chain of smaller roads that run along the coast from Cape May up to Atlantic City. Crossing over several bridges along the way, this is a drive with pleasant seaside views aplenty.
Philadelphia‘s Market Street is awash in history: Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence here, and the street was also home to Benjamin Franklin, George Washington and John Adams. Go for the history, stay for the shopping mall and convention center!
Market Street in San Francisco is a wide artery that stretches from Twin Peaks to the waterfront. It used to be swimming with cable cars; today, faux streetcars above and a subway line below keep it a humming and vital part of the city’s everyday life.