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Re: Streets Named After Silent Film Performers

Unread post by Mike Gebert » Mon Aug 21, 2017 8:25 pm

So on our recent trip to France, we were in Lyon, and younger son and I decided to see if it would be possible to make our way to Saint-Priest, on the outskirts of the city. Turns out you could ride one subway line to the end, then catch a bus and get right there, exactly the sort of challenge younger son responds to.

So in the near-100 degree heat of summer in Lyon, we did just that.

Turns out that the logic behind all these entertainer names in one place is that the area is a new industrial park, modern office and factory buildings in a dusty flat place that could have as easily been Lubbock, Texas. But to give these drab places some form of character and culture, whoever laid them out gave them a bunch of names out of popular culture. We got off at the first one...

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From there we walked a long country block (a half kilometer, maybe?) to the next one:

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Two workmen taking a break at a picnic table in the background. The heat was wilting our desire to see every last one, but there was one we couldn't pass up. And it wasn't Louis deFunes. We found the street sign, but a better one was on the outside of a Monsanto building—the controversial company probably watching us as I arranged Liam in the right place for his portrait:

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At that point we decided we'd done our part to be the tourists who saw the parts of Lyon tourists never see, and called an Uber to take us back to Mama Shelter.
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Re: Streets Named After Silent Film Performers

Unread post by Brooksie » Sat Dec 30, 2017 5:20 am

I've just discovered that the entire suburb of Chapman in the Australian Capital Territory has its streets named after Australian personalities of the silent and early sound screen - not just performers, but behind-the-scenes figures, some of them quite obscure. Just based on a cursory glance, I can see streets named after producers Stuart Doyle and Joe Lipmann, directors Rupert Kathner, Charles Chauvel, Noel Monkman, Jack Gavin, Beaumont Smith, and Frank Thring; actors Arthur Tauchert (of The Sentimental Bloke fame), Roy Rene, Yvonne Banvard and Jocelyn Howarth; vaudeville impresarios George Musgrove and Harry Rickards.

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Unread post by silentfilm » Sat Dec 30, 2017 8:40 am

And Dale Evans Drive, in Italy, Texas, where she grew up.

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Unread post by jharvat » Sun Dec 31, 2017 7:33 pm

I think Lillian Gish would be insulted by Lillian Gish Blvd in Massillon, Ohio. It is more like a glorified off-ramp from Route 21, barely a block long. The biggest attraction is the Dunkin Donuts. :(

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Unread post by Jim Roots » Sun Dec 31, 2017 9:39 pm

jharvat wrote:I think Lillian Gish would be insulted by Lillian Gish Blvd in Massillon, Ohio. It is more like a glorified off-ramp from Route 21, barely a block long. The biggest attraction is the Dunkin Donuts. :(
Barely a block long? Well, she was a really small person physically, so maybe it's not too insulting... other than the Dunkin Donuts shop, which is unforgivable.

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