The 11th Most Ridiculous Street Name

Silly Atlanta Road Names on Google MapsIt’s been nagging at me for a while now. For weeks it seems that every time I hear a traffic report on the radio it’s there. Sneering at me. Daring me to notice it. Double-dog-daring me to revisit ancient blog history. Well I’m taking the dare.

I’m announcing here that I’ve found the long lost street that deserved a slot of (dis)honor on my original list of the 10 most ridiculous street names in Atlanta. (If you haven’t enjoyed that classic of western literature, you’re missing out on at least three minutes worth of intermittent chuckling.)

This new low in infrastructure monikers is Welcome All Road. What’s comical about this name is not only does it have a nauseating folksy charm to it, it also happens to border one of the most dangerous places in Georgia. None other than the infamous College Park, GA.

To give you an idea, here’s a handy little break down of College Park’s more charming attributes:

Murder: 1.32 the national average.
Forcible Rape: 2.78 the national average.
Robbery: 3.00 the national average.
Aggravated Assault: 2.55 the national average.
All Violent Crime: 2.83 the national average.

And that’s just violent crime, to find out how much more likely you are to have your car jacked or your house burned to the ground, check out this page of stats from a 2003 FBI report. (Note: I’m linking to Google’s cached version of the page, the actual page is down with some errors.) Of course, these figures are probably lower now that I’m no longer working in that area.

This also reminds me of a famously bad quote from an old X-Men video game, which is, and I quote, “WELCOME TO DIE!!!” But I digress. The point is, this is road’s name is not only incredibly ridiculous and heckle-worthy, it’s also ironically inappropriate. Simply delicious. And for this reason, I crown Welcome All Road the new heavy weight champ of poorly named strips of concrete in Atlanta! Take a bow, Welcome All, you’ve won this title without hardly lifting a glove.

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  1. babychaos said,

    January 20, 2008 at 11:35 am

    Yep, that is a nauseatingly twee name for a road, although ironically named, clearly!

    Thanks for giving me a good chuckle this rainy afternoon.



  2. James said,

    January 21, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    I say you start on a new list…. Say, “Really Bad Unofficial State Songs”, for instance?

    Check out this nugget of beautiful song writing for the State of Iowa ….


  3. Joe Drinker said,

    January 22, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    Nice. It does have that down-homey charm to it, but the violent crime rates seem to disagree with that.

    Obviously aimed at tourists.

  4. Brian said,

    January 24, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    Thanks BC and JD!

    That’s awesome James. Truly awesome. How can you not love a song so heavily punctuated with “Yo Ho”? We’ll see, maybe a list IS in order…

  5. Tom said,

    January 30, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    Two roads that come to mind down here in St. Petersburg, FL: Duhme Road, Belcher Road, Floribraska Ave (Tampa). I’m sure there’s more…

    As for game quotes… You force me to get old school:

    Narrator: In A.D. 2101, war was beginning.
    Captain: What happen ?
    Mechanic: Somebody set up us the bomb.
    (spoken in the Flash animation as Someone set us up the bomb)
    Operator: We get signal.
    Captain: What!
    Operator: Main screen turn on.
    Captain: It’s you!!
    CATS: How are you gentlemen!!
    CATS: All your base are belong to us.
    CATS: You are on the way to destruction.
    Captain: What you say!!
    CATS: You have no chance to survive make your time.
    CATS: Ha Ha Ha Ha ….
    (spoken in the Flash animation as Ha Ha Ha)
    Operator: Captain!! *
    Captain: Take off every ‘ZIG’!!
    Captain: You know what you doing.
    Captain: Move ‘ZIG’.
    Captain: For great justice.

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