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I realize stronger forums about Aldine were long addressed, but I hope others can help support a survey for Aldine local culture.

 

A few old YouTube videos <https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=aldine+jail+route>created the meme of "Aldine Jail Route" about 4-3 years ago. I've cycled and walked around the AMR and don't find obvious graffiti/tagging of the "jail route" reference, and I wonder if the motif has died (or others have moved away).

 

One of the musicians also calls Aldine as the "8th Ward" yet I can't find other references.

 

Any discussion, suggestions, are appreciated.

 

 

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The first result is just a guy reusing We Ain't Playin' by Lil' Flip with the words swapped out. I think you're looking a bit too much into this. It's probably just something some kids started doing around HS and gave up on later in life.

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This is true of the Heights too. Once upon a time, the cool thing was to substitute the eight with an 8 in Heights, resulting in H8S. Never understood that one, as I initially read it as "hates". Likely others made the same mistake, as it seems to have fallen out of use in more recent years.

Never heard the "Jail Route" slang. That's a new one to me.

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Aldine Mail Route.

 

In the old days, all of the roads were dirt out there.  The US Postal Service is required by law to have a road clear for moving mail. 

 

My guess is that Aldine Mail Route was named for being the first dirt road that was consistently graded (smoothed) for this reason.

 

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