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I grew up on Avenue N in Hegewisch, the most southeast neighborhood in Chicago (any further east and you'd be in Indiana; any further south and you'd be in the suburb of Burnham). The streets around me included Avenues K, L, M and O. West of us were 'B' streets like Buffalo, Burley and Brandon. I understand that--except in the oldest sections--Chicago streets were named in a pattern going from east to west such that every mile used a successive letter of the alphabet; why did whoever named named the first mile, the 'A' blocks, use only names that combined 'Avenue' and alphabet initials?

Asked by Christine Ricker

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