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Jul 30, 2014 4:02AM
I guess what they mean is oldest WHITE residences still occupied.  Because there were millions of "Americans" here before Europeans arrived.
Jul 27, 2014 9:27AM
I have had  the good fortune to walk the streets of Elfreth's Alley in Philly, the streets of St. Augustine, and the top of Acoma Mesa.  I vote for Acoma -- enchanting, by the way, for its stark simplicity and endurance.  Home is home.  Santa Fe, NM also vies with St. Augustine to be "the oldest city in America." (Nothing said abut those Boston upstarts.  

The Florida Humanities Council recently published a poem by Nicholas Le Challeux, a carpenter who came from France in 1566 to join a Huguenot settlement along the St. John's River (in the area of present Jacksonville, FL.)  His conclusion:  "Whoever wishes to go to Floryda; let him go where I have been and return dry and arid, and worn out by rot.  For the only good I have brought back -- a single silvery stick in my hand.  But I am safe, not defeated:  it's time to eat; I die of hunger."  
Jul 27, 2014 8:47AM
As far as I know, St. Augustine in Florida is the oldest city in the U.S. and was founded almost a hundred years before the Pilgrims landed. I'm pretty sure they had streets!!!
Jul 27, 2014 8:41AM
Are you sure ? I was always taught it was Leydon St. in Plymouth MA
Jul 27, 2014 7:47AM
Oh course you'll have to ask permission of the Federal, State, County, City, Historical society first in order to pick up a piece of trash off your walkway as it might be of some historical significance.  You won't be allowed to fly a flag without approval but it is probably already illegal in the local bylaws.  No pets will be allowed and you're silly to even consider it.  Please give all neighbors notice two weeks in advance before having guests and you'll have to have them park their vehicle at the train station and pick them up as we can't have strange cars parked willy nilly around the place.  The taxes choked a few horses and the plumbing dates back, well let's just say there may still be some wood pipes.  But hey what a deal you can get on this.
Jul 27, 2014 6:44AM

Shakedown Street - used to be the heart of the town

Jul 27, 2014 6:04AM
who in their right mind would live in Philadelphia
Jul 27, 2014 4:11AM

What happened to the other four comments?

Acoma Pueblo in New Mexico has had continuous occupation, dated by archaeological evidence, since around 1200 AD.  Cultural history suggests life on the mesa began about the time of Christ. Spanish explorers reported great cities in the southwest in the mid 1500's.

Do streets need to be cobblestone in order to qualify? Or, may they be mesa top capstone?

Jul 27, 2014 1:51AM
Curious, since St. Augustine is America's oldest city, how can this be the oldest street? 
Jul 27, 2014 12:32AM
As a child living in Philadelphia, I often visited the alley with our class trips. The story was somewhere in the 50s, when the city gave the alley a face lift, raised the taxes on the occupants of the time and forced them out. Hence the outrageous prices on the small houses. Nice city to visit, haven't lived there since the 60s, don't care to go back.
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