Andy Sturdevant recently came up with some ideas for fictitious but passable Minneapolis street names that could come in handy if you’re attempting to write a local novel without using real addresses. The trick being, under Andy’s rules, that the street needs to sound believable enough to keep locals from having the fake street name jump out at them.
Here are a few additional ideas:
Blyleven Curve was a meandering piece of pavement wrapping around the Metrodome that was sacrificed for NFL fans’ expanding waistline. It was the last known location of a Building Trades member who was preparing to talk to the press about the Packers attempts to bribe union members to install listening devices in the Vikings locker rooms.
Randolph Ave NE, like Marshall Ave NE, is another one of Minneapolis’ street name twins with St Paul. You may not have noticed it because it’s often cut off by railroad tracks and warehouses.
4000+ street addresses of East 22nd, 24th, 25th or 26th Streets. You’ll lose the Seward audience, which could be a problem since they’re the type of folks who read novels, but the rest of city doesn’t know where the river cuts off streets to the east.
323 Bedford Ave SE Bedford is a short but real Minneapolis street in Prospect Park that the literati may be familiar with since it’s home to a Frank Lloyd Wright house. But, that particular address floats over the I-94 trench that protects Prospect Park from East River Road’s joggers and dog walkers.
Williams St is the elbow macaroni shaped street just below the Creamette factory (now Creamette Lofts) in the North Loop. It’s named after the company’s founder, James T. Williams.