How streets, roads and avenues are different

Having grown up in the suburbs, my recollection of street names boils down to an assortment of roads, lanes, circles, etc. Add to that the naming of subdivisions after what seemed to be random pairings of words like oak, birch, hill, ridge, and others, I figured there was no logic to it.

Thanks to Vox (they make great short explainer videos), I now know that there is a logic  behind the sort of street. Sure, in cities like Chicago there is a very rational system for street names. But in the suburbs, I thought it was mostly nonsensical. I’m sure in some places it might be, but I love hearing the reasoning behind the types of streets. Enjoy.

How streets, roads and avenues are different