Phillies legend (and Ultimate Athlete) Mike Schmidt doesn’t have a single street name in the city that bears his name. But Carson Wentz shares a name with two.
Our City of Neighborhoods is forever geeking out over the origin of neighborhood names, the latest real estate trends and what Philly neighborhoods would be called if we named them today. Philly Mag has highlighted some of the city’s weirdest street names. So we went one step further and tried to correlate them with current and popular Philly athletes.
We present to you this map of Philly Athlete Street Names:
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Here are some of the highlights:
- Carson Wentz was meant to land in Philly. There’s Wentz Street in Olney and Carson Street in Manayunk. But having a street featuring your name isn’t necessarily good luck. There’s a Bradford Street, as in Sam Bradford, in the Northeast.
- Shady Lane. Enough said. This is the coolest street name that is named after a Philly athlete, albeit a former one.
- The legendary Wilt Chamberlain has Wilt Street in Kensington. His stardom was clearly meant to be.
- The athlete streets were dispersed pretty widely throughout the city. No neighborhood had more than two or three athlete street names. The River Wards are probably the leader, with two athlete streets in Kensington, one in Fishtown and one in Port Richmond.