The Top 6 Towns With A Geeky Edge
Street names and monuments are an important part of urban history, and can give you a great deal of insight into a town's culture. That's why we're so excited to hear that towns across the globe have embraced their inner geek, and paved their streets with pop culture references and dinosaur love. Here are our favorite examples, but be sure to let us know if we missed any geekified towns in the comments.
6. Vulcan, Alberta
Originally named for the Roman god of fire, the tiny town of Vulcan haphazardly became a tourist destination for Trekkies in the 1970s. Far from shying away from the attention, Vulcan remade itself into a giant Star Trek fan club. The town erected a replica of the Enterprise complete with Klingon inscriptions, and hosts an annual convention called Spock Days. Now that's what we call commitment! May they live long and prosper.
5. Ithaca, New York
This college town is geeky in billions of ways. After all, it is named after the ultimate destination in Homer's epic The Odyssey, on top of being home to the brainiac factory known as Cornell University. But its geek cred skyrocketed when Carl Sagan set up shop there, and even after his sad passing, his memory lives on in Ithaca. In honor of the great scientist, the town built the Carl Sagan Planet Walk, a scale model of the solar system that stretches for about a mile over the town commons. Geeky and "gorges"—Ithaca must be made of premium starstuff.
4. San Francisco, California
San Francisco is snuggled up against Silicon Valley, and it's pretty much a Geek Mecca based on that alone. But the Bay Area's brainy reputation goes way beyond its tech fame—with its academic excellence, fan culture, and overall weirdness, the city is arguably the geekiest place on the planet. It even has a Yoda water fountain. A YODA WATER FOUNTAIN, MASTERMINDS. It is truly the ultimate place for contemplative Jedi worship.
3. Arcosur, Spain
The community of Arcosur decided to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Super Mario Bros game series by giving their streets a Mushroom Kingdom makeover. The Avenido de Super Mario Bros was an instant party spot—check out some images of the inaugural festivities in this video.
2. Geldrop, The Netherlands
Arcosur merely named one street after a pop culture phenomenon. The Dutch town of Geldrop, however, upped the stakes and named an entire neighborhood after characters from J.R.R. Tolkien's works. Naturally, the Gondorian streets are located north, the dwarf section is to the west, while Gandalf and his Rohan allies dominate the east. They appear to be really hardcore LOTR geeks too, because some streets are named after deep cut characters like Valandil and Yavanna. Geldropians: when it comes to Tolkien fandom, you bow to no one.
1. Paris, France
Look, we don't want to make your heart explode with excitement, but the rumors are true: there is a life-size Tyrannosaurus Rex sculpture in Paris. The installation adds even more "je ne sais quoi" enchantment to the beloved French capital. After all, what could be more romantic for a pair of lovebird geeks than watching the sun set over the Seine next to a stunning chrome dinosaur king. The answer is resoundingly NOTHING.
What are your favorite geeky towns?