lane – 4 = street + $

A neighborhood along a small lane in Taipei has found a change in the name of their street highly profitable. What was once Jilong Road Section 3 Lane 4 is now Dunnan Street. The area’s l?zh?ng (neighborhood head) worked for three years to get the change approved.

Although the story below doesn’t mention this, the television report I saw on this had several people in the neighborhood stating that a prime consideration for them was the elimination of the dreaded number four from their address.

Another factor in the boost in the price of real estate there is the new name, Dunnan Street (D?nnán Ji? / ???), which (intentionally) closely resembles the name of one of one of Taipei’s priciest roads: the nearby Dunhua South Road (D?nhuà Nánlù / ????).

Qiángbì shàng xi? zhe J?lóng Lù 3 duàn 4 xiàng, dàn pángbi?n de lùpái quèshì dàdà de “D?nnán Ji?” 3 ge zì, méicuò zhè tiáo xiàngzi bànnián qián zhèngshì g?imíng jiào D?nnán Ji?. D?nnán Ji? zhùhù: “y?y?u g?i J?lóng Lù, y?y?u g?i Hépíng D?nglù, xiànzài g?i.. ‘D?nnán Ji?,’ luànq?b?z?o.”

Bùgu?n zh?qián shì j? xiàng j? hào, zài l?zh?ng 3 nián de b?nz?u xià, xiànzài quánbù g?imíng jiào D?nnán Ji?, ménpái y? huàn, sh?njià m?shàng bù y?yàng, fáng zhòng yèzh? yùg? m?i píng 30 wàn de hángqíng, tiào dào 40 wàn, huànsuàn y? hù 30 píng de fángzi, xiàn zh?ng 300 wàn. Fáng zhòng yèzh? Yáng K?n-zh?ng: “Y?b?n rén de kèb?n yìnxiàng, y?u g?n D?nhuà Nánlù y?ugu?n de, fángjià k?néng huì b?jiào h?o y?di?n.” TVBS jìzh? G? C?i-yàn: “Zhèl? jiùshì D?nnán Ji? le, hòumian zhèige háo zhái, píngj?n y? píng yào 5-60 wàn, k?jì sh?ufù Gu? Tái-míng, y?k?uqì, céngj?ng zài zhèbi?n m?i le 4 hù fángzi.” Jiù lián gu? tái míng y? céngj?ng shì D?nnán Ji? de w?zh?, d?ngjì zài t? hé q?zi de míngxià. D?nnán Ji? zhùhù: “(shénme) Gu? Tái-míng, (z?nyàng) màidiào le ba.” Bùguò g?imíng jiào D?nnán Ji? zh?hòu, bùyòng d?zháo diànz? dàh?ng línj? de zh?opai, fángjià y?jing y?u l? tái de xiàogu?, zh?néng shu? jiào shénme lù míng, zh?n de y?u chà.

source: J?lóng Lù xi?oxiàng g?imíng “D?nnán Ji?” — fángjià dà zh?ng (?????????????????), TVBS, January 20, 2007

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