Cutesy Road Names

I was on racing down the top end of Lygon Street this afternoon on my foldable scooter. Stopping for traffic to pass, i chanced upon this road, well lane, name. I had to stifle a chuckle and pleasant thoughts of a vanilla-smelling girl in pigtails decked in sunflowers.

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Isn’t it the cutesiest name for a lane? What’s in a name anyway? I reckon it’s named after someone important. I’m completely clueless, but my first thought was of the band Luscious Jackson – i know the similarities end there but hey at least i wasn’t brain dead from the dreary Melbourne weather.

Which brings me to another rather inappropriate road name, just a block down from the vanilla-smelling, uh, Cocoa Jackson Lane.

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Ok technically this isn’t a road name. But this could be a potential bugbear for tourists who aren’t used to Australia’s road signs. Isn’t there another way of depicting ‘No Through Road’?

1 Comment so far

  1. Neil (unregistered) on June 28th, 2006 @ 9:47 am

    Quite a good porn star name…

    A quick search on google turns up:

    “Cocoa” Jackson was a boxer living in Brunswick, Melbourne, Australia early last century. He was well respected, and due to his West Indies heritage was named “Cocoa Jackson”. A laneway just down from where we rehearse in Brunswick is named Cocoa Jackson Lane, in honour of this man.

    and controversy over naming the road: http://www.moreland.vic.gov.au/archives/mr13aug01.htm



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