Date: Fri, 6 Oct 1995 23:31:21 -0400 From: Virginia Clark Subject: Re: Another Lexical Item I have sloppily not recorded where I obtained this information, but in some lecture notes I find that I've listed the following terms as being used for the grassy strip between the sidewalk (parallel to the street) and the street/curb: berm, boulevard, boulevard stip, parking, parking strip, parkway, sidewalk plot, tree lawn, neutral ground, devil strip, tree bank, city strip. Every semester I ask my students (in Burlington, Vermont) what they call this strip, and every semester they all look at me blankly. I think that's odd, because it is a thing we need to talk about here--e.g., parking on it is forbidden during Vermont's wretched "mud season"; the owner of the land/house on the other side of it is responsible for keeping it mowed; every spring (*after* mud season), the city offers free trees to be planted there. I would think we'd settle on a name or names for it. Are all those terms listed above still in use somewhere? -- Virginia At 08:21 AM 10/6/95 -0700, Allen Mabery wrote: >I call those grassy strips between the sidewalk and the street "parking >strips". I've never heard them called parkways. >Allen >maberry[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] > >On Fri, 6 Oct 1995, // wrote: > >> Parkways and sidewalks >> >> Within the last 20 years after moving to Colorado Springs, CO, I picked up an >> extra definition for parkway, which previously connoted for me wide, >> green-scaped, paved roads. >> >> In CS, a lot of neighborhoods have 2 foot to 10 foot strips of grass running >> parallel to, and between the sidewalk and the street. These are called >> parkways as well. >> >> Have others seen this usage? >> >> -- Jim >> > >