A Main Street quirk
Published: Tuesday, January 2, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 1, 2007 at 11:24 p.m.
Main Street as described by Paul Apicella ("Mystery of Main Street is uncovered," Dec. 26) links to a similar anomaly on S. Main Street near Colclough Hill as described by Jerry Parker ("Colclough Hills replete with history," Dec. 25).
Just as Main Street dog-legs to the east at 8th Avenue, it dog-legs to the west along S. Main Street. Because of the depot and train activity along S. Main Street, perhaps the deviations occur for the same reasons.
These turns in Main Street, for whatever reason, created two "impossible situations" among city addresses. Namely, there is an area west of N. Main Street that is in northeast Gainesville, and an area east of S. Main Street, Colclough Hill, that is in southwest Gainesville.
I found this interesting and a problem because I lived for 18 years in Colclough Hill. I discovered this hilly landscape of natural vegetation with a growing number of architecturally interesting homes almost by accident. After building a house in Colclough Hill I came to share the frustration of my neighbors as we found our friends not able to find our "impossible southwest addresses east of Main Street.
A bit of research revealed that neither city maps nor those used by realtors identified the area properly. So, one of the first tasks of our neighborhood association was to get the area on city and realtor maps. With this accomplished, the maps showed streets properly drawn and named and the neighborhood identified so visitors and those seeking to purchase homes could find Colclough Hill.
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