If you’ve been working in residential engineering and planning for 17 years, and a developer finally gives you creative freedom to name the streets of the development you’re working on, what do you do? Geek out, right!
That’s apparently what Jannell Hall of B&A Engineers was thinking when she set about naming the streets of the Silver Trail Subdivision in Kuna, Idaho, the first development in her long career to allow her creative control over such a nominal project. And guess what? It worked, because the neighborhood will now have two streets named after Game of Thrones characters, and another one after a Firefly character.
“In this one I’ve got Game of Thrones, Firefly, I’ve even thrown my son and my husband’s names in there,” Hall told i09. “Basically I’m like, ‘Okay I’m a geek, I have a lot of fandom, [and] Game of Thrones is unique enough and big enough.’”
Though she submitted “at least” 17 GoT-inspired street-name requests, the only ones to make the cut so far are S. Baratheon Ave. and W. Rickon St. And S. Inara Ave. is the only Firefly street that’s been okayed by the street-naming committee, in honor of Morena Baccarin’s character, Inara Serra.
While Hall believes there may be a fellow Thrones fan on the committee who likely helped get the street names approved, many a good name was rejected — Baelish, Oberyn, Lannister, Drogo — because they sounded too much like other streets in the vicinity. But worry not, Arya, Hodor, Podrick, Sansa, and Tyrion streets are still in the running, and there’s currently a heated debate over whether to name one road Jorah or Greyjoy – which really shouldn’t be that tough of a decision, if you watch the show.
But why Rickon, right? The youngest Stark child wasn’t just the lamest of the brood, but arguably the most worthless character in all of Westeros — not exactly pavement-worthy. But Hall argued that W. Rickon St. is one of the smaller ones in the subdivision, and she didn’t want to waste a bigger name on it. But if you're looking for a minor character, wouldn't Hot Pie be better?