# streets run like a chess board?

#### phil_34

##### Senior Member
Is one of the following examples correct? how would you say it?

1) 'Typical for American cities, Miami's streets also run in chess board fashion.' /2) .... Miami's streets run like a chess board.

• #### Myridon

##### Senior Member
"In a grid pattern." A chessboard of roads would be very strange - we think about moving from square to square, not along the lines between them.

#### perpend

##### Banned
Maybe "... streets are laid out on a grid plan".

In most cities of the world that were planned, rather than developing gradually over a long period of time, streets are typically laid out on a grid plan, so that city blocks are square or rectangular.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_block

#### phil_34

##### Senior Member
Thank you guys. Okay so I can either say 'streets run in a grid pattern' or 'streets are laid out on a grid plan'.

#### SwissPete

##### Senior Member
Streets run at right angle to each other.
Streets run perpendicular to each other.

#### phil_34

##### Senior Member
Thanks Swiss Pete

#### perpend

##### Banned
Thank you guys. Okay so I can either say 'streets run in a grid pattern' or 'streets are laid out on a grid plan'.
Both sound fine to me.

To Pete's one suggestion, I'd add an "s" to "angles" (... run at right angles...).

#### SwissPete

##### Senior Member
Thank you, perpend.
To Pete's one suggestion, I'd add an "s" to "angles" (... run at right angles...).
I thought about it, and then decided that each corner where two street intersect form one angle. Oh, well..

#### perpend

##### Banned
I like your logical thought process, Pete, and I can't explain very well why, but I think due to the fact that we think of many streets in the grid, we consider there to be many "right angles", if that makes sense.

#### SwissPete

##### Senior Member
Well, logic is one thing, and usage is another!

Googlefight for "cross at right angle" and "cross at right angles": 638,000 results for singular, 3,520,000 for plural.

#### Myridon

##### Senior Member
Paging forward in the results for "cross at right angle" gives only 97 results while "cross at right angles" stays at 328,000.

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