I picked up a few facts from Jimmy Ogle's streets and bridges presentation today at the Cotton Museum. I was only able to stay for half the presentation and my head was swimming with information about streets. Lunch time is tricky during the week, what with having to actually work, so I had to miss all the talk about bridges. I'll have to catch this again sometime.
The geographic center of the city is Southern Avenue and Goodwyn Street - about where Memphis Country Club is.
E.H. Crump Blvd. was originally named Iowa Street. Many of the streets around the south side of downtown are named after states: Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Kansas.
Avenues run East-West and Streets run North-South
The first five streets going south from Poplar (and Front) are named after the first five Presidents: Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison and Monroe. The first three streets going north from Poplar (and Front) are named after the City's founders, Winchester, Jackson and Overton. None of the three ever lived in Memphis. They all lived in middle Tennessee.
Found out what the Confused Study is: C.O.N.F.U.S.E.D. Study = Consistency Of Names For Urban Streets Evaluation & Discussion
Stereo Alley (between Court and Madison) is so named because KLYX radio station was in the Arcade building there and used to broadcast out into the alley. KLYX, which originally signed on in 1965 is now KJMS.