The Differences Between Streets, Roads, Boulevards, and Avenues

Vox contributor Phil Edwards narrates an animated video that demonstrates the differences between streets, roads, boulevards, and avenues. There are no distinct rules, but there are many common characteristics that can help differentiate between different types of thoroughfares.

What if there were a grammar to the types of roads we drive every day? Streets, avenues, and roads aren’t named at random — many use a series of conventions that, once you recognize them, becomes impossible not to see.