City dwellers : Area between street and sidewalk is called...

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  1. DW Calumet

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    It can only be called a parkway in the Chicago area, call it anything else and you may catch a beating

    Also, in Chicago we also differentiate civilization from the boonies by the presence or lack thereof of said parkway
     
  2. Mike Eskimo

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    We use that term too. As in:

    "Henry caught a beating last night."

    "Oh yeah ? A real beating or just a Chicago beating ?" :lol::lol::lol:


    Having lived in the city, then "the boonies" for 18 years, now back in the city , my long-term goal is to go back to no "parkways", no sidewalks, no houses I can almost touch , no code enforcement, and optimally very few paved roads.

    I've done them both and I prefer one over the other.
     
  3. Uncle Joe

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    This is a suburban phenomenon. If you live in the city it's simply the curb. There is no grass. If you live in the burbs it's "the town's grass" or "over the sidewalk". A couple of my neighbors should call it "grub grass".
     
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    It's the tree bank where I come from (Chicago boonies).

    I have learned so much in this thread though: Buckocaster51 your from Freeport? Whoda thunk? Did a lot of fishing out there and once dated a girl from that fine city. (insert limerick here).

    As for the posting of what it's called in Tennessee I would say the proper term is uncommon. There are very few sidewalks and very little grass here.
     
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    +1

    Plants? We don't need no stinkin' plants.
     
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    Water, same one for over 35 years, though hopefully not too many more.
     
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    In the SF Bay Area we called it a "parking strip" when I was a lad.
     
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    You city slickers and your fancy sidewalks. You think you're better than me?
     
  9. Ted M

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    Another ex-Clevelander here - I instantly thought of Tree Lawn, a term I haven't heard in decades!
     
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    Wow, never would have thought it had so many names.. Thanks for the list Buck..I always referred to it as a tree line although curb strip would work. To me a Berm is something you build up on a field to cars from driving across and a Boulevard is on the middle of a roadway. Favorite is Nacho lawn..
     
  11. Mike Eskimo

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    Nah...


    I know it's hard to comprehend there's life/different things outside of the east coast but - I live in the CITY city (not the suburbs) and there's grass strips in 90% of it.

    Very few brownstones/rowhouses and yet - yep, you got it - still the city !

    Who'd a thunk it ?
     
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    In the fancy places where there aren't old refrigerators on porches it's called a terrace. In my neighborhood its just parking.
     
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    Grassy knoll?
     
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    Gutter. In newer areas it may well be a SUDS (Sustainable Urban Drainage System) area, complete with permeable paving and grass buffer strip. Otherwise, gutter.

    I liked the gutters where I grew up. They were fairly dirty, sandy places and in the summer the ants would build nests between the curbstones. I could skid my bike in the thicker dirt.
     
  16. jipp

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    yeah always called it the parking strip, i grew up in oregon.

    or that V strio you are not suppose to drive over while coming off a off ramp on the freeway we call that the "Gore lane"
    i wonder if other states call it that.

    chris.
     
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    +1 for parkway.
     
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    Nope. You may not agree, but if you see grass you are not living in a city. There are other words than suburbia to describe some of these spots, but city is too broad of a description. It besmirches the commitment of cement and tar dwellers in places like New York, Chicago, Mexico City, Toronto, Hong Kong, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Paris, Tokyo, Taipei, Seoul, there really are too many to mention.

    IMO, if you're not standing in a park like Central Park, Vondelpark, Grass Island, etc, and you can see grass, you're not in a real city. It may be a great place to live, with all the modern conveniences and then some, but it's not a city from the point of view of people who have lived on cement without grass for miles.
     
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    In my town, it's called "city property that the homeowner gets to maintain." Includes the sidewalks, too.
     
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