Sunday, September 14, 2008

A surveyor's error -- or what?

Periodically I come across curious anomalies when I stroll the neighborhood or the city. Today, for instance, I was reminded that something strange happened to Western Avenue a long time ago. Western is a short neighborhood street that starts at the Sacred Heart grounds, crosses Grove Street then wends its way west for about three blocks.

What's strange? Take a look at this view, looking back toward Sacred Heart from Grove. See that wide swath of gravel next to the properties on the right? Why is it there? Why isn't that land incorporated into the lots that abut it? Who owns it? Is this one of those locations where surveyors started out from points north and south only to discover that their plats didn't line up when they met in the middle? Possibly someone in the bowels of the Sharlot Hall Museum library has a clue. I haven't. Have you?

PS -- yes, this strange arrangement continues on the west side of Grove as well, tho those shrubs disguise the situation somewhat.


Antipodean Curmudgeon said...

It's a good thing that those surveyors weren't involved with the 'Chunnel' project.


Granny J said...

Bro -- ah, now that would have been a lot of fun, wouldn't it!

David Kirk said...

Bound to be a bit of history behind it. Let us know what you find out!

Granny J said...

dk -- If there is a bit of history, I'll bet it's buried where all those embarrassing bureaucratic mistakes are hidden.

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