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STREET NAMES CONSIDERED; PALMDALE'S GRID SYSTEM SLOWLY GETS ENHANCED.



Byline: Jim Skeen Daily News Staff Writer

What's in a name? Perhaps, Councilman David Myers says, some neighborhood pride.

Myers would like to see some of the numbered and lettered streets in Palmdale take on friendlier monikers. While street names might seem like a frivolous Of minimal importance; legally worthless.

A frivolous suit is one without any legal merit. In some cases, such an action might be brought in bad faith for the purpose of harrassing the defendant.
 concern for municipal government, Myers believes names help determine a neighborhood's image.

``Numbers sound bureaucratic bu·reau·crat  
n.
1. An official of a bureaucracy.

2. An official who is rigidly devoted to the details of administrative procedure.



bu
,'' Myers said. ``Numbers tend not to give one a sense of community.''

There's no move afoot to begin changing street names, but it is a topic worthy of public discussion, Myers said.

``I want to have a conversation on this topic, particularly with the neighborhood groups,'' Myers said.

No one, Myers said, wants to do away with the Antelope Valley's grid system: east-west streets being lettered, north-south streets being numbered, with Division Street serving as the dividing line Noun 1. dividing line - a conceptual separation or distinction; "there is a narrow line between sanity and insanity"
demarcation, contrast, line

differentiation, distinction - a discrimination between things as different and distinct; "it is necessary to
 between streets west and streets east.

Myers doesn't see major avenues - R and S, for example - being renamed. The focus should be on smaller neighborhoods.

Perhaps new names for streets could done in such a way that they still fit into the grid system, Myers said. For example, Q-2 could be Queen 2 or Quail quail, common name for a variety of small game birds related to the partridge, pheasant, and more distantly to the grouse. There are three subfamilies in the quail family: the New World quails; the Old World quails and partridges; and the true pheasants and seafowls.  2.

In addition to building some neighborhood pride, named streets could also be a unifying factor between east and west sections of the city, Myers said. The east side of the city, which has more of the older neighborhoods, has more of the numbered and lettered streets than the newer housing developments on the west side.

Palmdale has changed the names of some streets, putting their previous monikers in parenthesis parenthesis: see punctuation.


The left parenthesis "(" and right parenthesis ")" are used to delineate one expression from another. For example, in the query list for size="34" and (color = "red" or color ="green")
 on street signs and maps. In 1991, streets around Highland High School Highland High School or Highlands High School may refer to:

In the United States:
  • Highland High School (Gilbert, Arizona)
  • Highland High School (Bakersfield, California)
  • Highland High School (Palmdale, California)
 were renamed to help build pride for what was then a new high school - 25th Street West signs changed to ``Highland Street (25th Street West)'' and Avenue P-8 became ``Bulldog bulldog, breed of thick-set nonsporting dog developed in the British Isles many centuries ago. It stands from 13 to 15 in. (33–38.1 cm) high at the shoulder and weighs from 40 to 50 lb (18.1–22.7 kg).  Avenue (Avenue P-8).''

More recently, a portion of Avenue P-8 became Technology Drive at the request of Senior Systems Technology Inc., which moved to Palmdale from the San Fernando Valley San Fernando Valley

Valley, southern California, U.S. Northwest of central Los Angeles, the valley is bounded by the San Gabriel, Santa Susana, and Santa Monica mountains and the Simi Hills.
 and opened an electronics component manufacturing plant last summer.

Street signs will be going up within the next few weeks noting a name change of Avenue P to Rancho ran·cho  
n. pl. ran·chos Southwestern U.S.
1. A hut or group of huts for housing ranch workers.

2. A ranch.
 Vista Boulevard between 15th Street East and the Rancho Vista development.

The change, made at the request of Rancho Vista developer Gregg Anderson, who is also paying for the new signs, will reflect the fact the street serves as an entryway into Rancho Vista. Street signs will keep ``Avenue P'' in parenthesis to stay within the Antelope Valley's grid system.

Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford likes the idea of dual street names.

``It's a way to improve self-image, and it's an opportunity to recognize people who are no longer with us,'' Ledford said. ``We want to keep the grid system. The grid system is a wonderful way to get around the city. For a city that is growing, it's a way to help new residents to get around.''

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PHOTO (Color) Traffic engineer Tom Horne displays signs that may be used along Avenue P.

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