Austin was founded as an intentional community. The downtown streets were laid out on a grid and given names. They had a master plan: The street closest to the river was called Water Street. Then, there were streets named after trees, Pecan, Ash, etc., and the cross streets were named after Texas rivers, such as Red River, etc. They built a capitol building and named the main street Congress Avenue. Apparently, some young, fancy dressing, dapper French guy came along and insisted on calling one of the streets "Boy d Arch". Then later some other 1% guy on the city council decides it would be a good idea to re-name the streets - that's about time the town became a numbers game. Go figure. Quick Quiz: Name the Austin "ghost" street.