When I drove cab for Boston Cab I was told that the cross streets of back bay were named after the Earls of England. Later I realized that the names extend further on the far side of Mass Ave., so I thought there were more than the original eight. Here they are:
Recently I’ve been able to extend even further with these:
(Oliver – a street downtown, but it doesn’t really fit…)
(Salisbury – a street in Watertown, not fair, really – perhaps we should go with Staniford which IS in Boston)
(X-Ray – well, no, there is none! Although there is an Electric Avenue…)
An impressive list!
I looked up the Earls of England, and there are a LOT of them. However very few match any of these names, not even the original 8 in Back Bay. They’re mostly names of towns in England. So it’s a nice story (and the streets in Back Bay ARE alphabetical) but there’s no reality there!