Friday, July 20, 2018

Neighborhood House Names

There's a house in our neighborhood that we refer to as "the Goldstein house." Although the Goldsteins have not lived in the house for years, that house, like a few other houses near us, continues to carry the name of the previous owner.

Or, in some cases, the previous previous previous owner.

This odd practice may occur even if we know the names of the current residents. A house gets named and that's it. Boom. Next subject. Mentioning the current owner would simply confuse things. They must live with the knowledge that the long-time families in the neighborhood pigeon-holed their property with a name from days of yore.

Perhaps after a decade or so the current owner's name will be used.


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