A couple of weeks ago, when we were in Almere for a birthday party, we were walking from the train station to the house and we had to pass through the Filmwijk, which literally means film district
. In an American city, one might expect a statue or something campy, but there's nothing special about it except that most, if not all, of the streets are named after film stars. There were a few Dutch and French star names, but my eyes were drawn to the "American" stars. And by "American" I mean not Dutch or French.
It seems strange to plop "weg" or "straat" after a person's name and make a street name, but we had the LBJ Freeway in Texas and there's always a JFK this or a MLK that, so it's not such
a strange idea. Still, I kept thinking about writing "James Stewartstraat" every time I wrote my address. I'm sure it just becomes background noise after a while, but it seemed an odd choice. But it's a theme. And who doesn't like a theme?
At the end of the day, though, I wondered if a plantsoen
(an open air garden with plants and trees) named after Greta Garbo is the proper way to memorialize a woman like that. After all, all she really vanted was to be left aloon.
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