The Romanian town where streets are nameless, just like in Manhattan, NY
Did you know that a town in Romania has streets without names, just like in Manhattan, New York?
The streets of Pecica town, Arad county (western Romania) are nameless, but are numbered with Arabic numerals.
The decision was taken in 2002 to avoid conflicts between the Romanian population of a majority and the Magyar minority community.
The local authorities also argue that further expenses on bilingual display of the streets’ names were thus cut. Therefore, they say they saved important amounts of money needed to order a double number of street plates, inscribed both in Romanian and Hungarian.
So, there are four areas in Pecica: 100, 200, 300 and 400 and each of these districts is divided by three important streets marked down with 1, 2 and 3. For instance, district 100 starts with 101 number and continues this way until the last street.
Pecica locals are happy with this numbering system, claiming it’s more useful than the conventional one based on names. They say that if a visitor is searching for a particular address, he or she will be more easily guided by the locals, as the street 3 follows after street 2. This peculiar numbering logics can be found all over the town, adevarul.ro informs.
This street numbering system is typical to the American pattern. The streets in Manhattan, New York, had been numbered with Arabic numerals since 1811, when the architectural plan of the city had been established.
Located 25 km away from Arad residential city in Arad Plane on the right side of Mureș River, the small town of Pecica has been quite famous for several touristic and cultural sites. Despite its ancient location, it was only in 2004 that Pecica locality became a town.
The first documentary certification of the locality dates back in 1335 when the settlement was called Petk.
What is mostly interesting is that in 1689 the Austrian Empire ordered that Pecica should be massively colonized with Serbs to guard the border on Mureș River against Turkish invasions.
Dacian fortress Ziridava has been discovered on the territory of Pecica. The abundance of the archaeological discoveries in this area gave the name to an important historical period, known as the Periam-Pecica culture.
Pecica is also extremely tourism friendly through its urban architecture. The town hosts a beautiful Roman-Catholic church, as well as the exquisite Digital Museum set up in 2013, serving as an exhibition centre and hosting numerous digital presentation facilities of the area’s cultural and natural features.
Near Pecica, tourists can enjoy the sight of Lunca Mureșului Natural Park, a natural protected area, sheltering over 200 bird species and various water plants. More and more investments have been directed in this environment field in the past years.