Friday, June 19, 2009

Where the Streets Have Cool Names

We've always assumed that our life-long, near total ignorance of the fact that the US and Mexico fought a war in the 1840s could be blamed on the inadequacies of the Swampscott school system (though we'll concede, their field trips are considerably more awesome now than when we were in school). But our informal polling of the American-educated community, and anecdotal evidence such as the fact that the Strand Bookstore, whose military history section takes up about a quarter of an acre, does not have a "Mexican War" shelf, and that what books we have been able to find on the war usually open with an introduction explaining why nobody remembers it, are leading us to believe it's a national, not a local problem.

So we were pleased to learn via Robert Reid's excellent Reid on Travel site, that there's an entire neighborhood in Pittsburgh called The Mexican War Streets historic district. We heartily second Robert's declaration of it as the best-named neighborhood in the US, and strongly urge Swampscott High School to consider a field trip during the 2009-10 academic year. Which we'll offer to chaperone in exchange for our usual, non-negotiable per diem.

8 comments:

Bob Beatty said...

Having lived in The Mexican War Streets for 12+ years I think it is a great neighborhood. The neighborhood was named for battles and Generals of the Mexican American War of 1846. We are alking distance to downtown Pittsburgh and The Andy Warhol Museum, PNC Park and Heinz Field, Carnegie Science Center. The Mattress Factory is a wonderful installation are Museum http://www.mattress.org
http://www.mexicanwarstreets.org
http://www.innonthemexicanwarstreets.com
http://www.warhol.com
http://www.visitpittsburgh.com

Burro Hall said...

See that, people? Not only does the 'hood have a cool name, but it's home to nice folks as well.

MexFiles said...

Pittsburgh isn't so bad... I was conceived there... but they should name that neighborhood properly... "La invasión norteamericana a México"

Burro Hall said...

We changed planes there a few times on our way to Ohio. The airport food court didn't inspire passions in us one way or another.

chip said...

Dude, I think this post totally gave me a boner!

Yes!

Oh wait.... It was actually that other post.

Anyway. how 'bout that Mexican War?

Jorge Arturo said...
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Jorge Arturo said...

I didn't knew that episode of history was erased in the USA history. Isn't that convenient?

Fledermaus said...

Actually, Jorge, I wouldn't quite say erased, but just nudged aside along with a lot of other "military actions". Considering the fact that (in my recollection of learning about it in junior high school decades ago) it was dressed up as a provoked war with a glorious victory, it might be just as well ignored.

Leave it to someone to write their own account of things and they're always going to come out looking good.