In this response from the September 2013 issue, Dr. Know helps out with a handy mnemonic device.
I have trouble remembering the layout of streets downtown that transverse the numbered ones. From the east, their initials are B-S-M-W-V-R-E-P. I need a handy memory aid, like the “Every Good Boy Does Fine” crutch for the lines of the treble clef music staff. Suggestions?—Desiring Street LisztDear Desiring:The Doctor is happy to help, but must also point out that you have forgotten not just the order but one of the streets, the vital Central Avenue, originally Western Row and the bookend to Broadway, originally Eastern Row. Is there time for one of the Doctor’s mini-rants? How about two mini-rants? Mini-rant No. 1: The Doctor once lived on Broadway, where he was driven to drink by witless correspondents who wrote to him on “Broadway Street.” Ninnies. Idiots. “Street” in the case of Broadway is massively redundant. The name “Broadway” contains its own street. It is a compound of Broad Way. How hard is that to learn? Mini-rant No. 2: The closing of Broadway in front of the municipal gambling hell is a shame that will come to haunt the city fathers and mothers to their graves. The corporate lust to have a suburban front yard instead of a public right-of-way illustrates everything that is wrong about the municipal decision to dedicate Broadway Commons to the fleecing of tobacco-addicted retirees rather than the erection of a wholesome baseball park.There. The Doctor feels calmer now. Here are your mnemonics:East to west: Be Sure My Wife’s Volkswagen Reaches Every Possible County.West to east: Catherine Parr Eats Really Vile Watery Mulligan Stew Boldly.
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