Monday, June 29, 2009

Where the Streets Have No...Numbers? ᐃᖃᓗᐃᑦ



A friend of mine is visiting up "North." I've never been further north than Golden, BC back in 1992. It was early evening and snowing, but the snow was turning to steam on the warm pavement. I must admit the thought of going there is intriguing. The capital of the federal territory of Nunavut/ᓄᓇᕗᑦ is Iqualuit/ ᐃᖃᓗᐃᑦ, population 6,184. A webcam link {left} offers a glimpse of the town, updated every minute. See video {below} to see a bit more of the town.

So, I was on the CBC archive and found a link to a 2000 As It Happens clip, "Lost and Confused in Iqaluit." The clip mentions how the fire department wanted to give the streets names and addresses numbers, as opposed to the old system of every building having a number. The old system reminded me of what I've heard of the Japanese address system, where street names are seldom used.

Well, I did a bit of digging and I found out that the streets have been named, but the numerical addresses are still forthcoming. I would imagine it's still manageable in a town of 6,184 and a relatively small "downtown" area {below}.

My favourite street name is the Road to Nowhere. I hope the locals still call the "ring road" the ring road and not Queen Elizabeth, but that's my problem. When I was growing up, my mom hated living on Los Encantos, as nobody knew how to spell it. That sure beats Niaqunngusiariaq.

Today, a week after solstice it's supposed to be 7ºC, but will be a balmy 12ºC on Canada Day.

Twitterversion:: #Iqaluit / #ᐃᖃᓗᐃᑦ {capital of #Nunavut / #ᓄᓇᕗᑦ }, where the streets now have names, but still without numbers. #Canada http://url.ie/1xm0 @Prof_K





Update {6 November 2010}:: Arctic College Cam



Video:: Shot in Iqaluit



Bonus Video:: White Stripes "Fell in Love with a Girl" {favourite song by them}, video by Michel Gondry's Partizan

1 comment:

proofreading help said...

That's tricky. I think that every town have a street with a mixed numbers on the buildings. And it makes it so complicated to find a right building there.