Appian Way

Named by 1919, this street’s unusual (for Lomita) diagonal layout may have inspired someone to anoint it with a noteworthy moniker, and so they looked to the Via Appia, or Appian Way, the ancient highway that once connected Rome to Brindisi – a distance of some 350 miles, give or take. It was begun in 312 B.C. by its namesake, Appius Claudius Caecus, a Roman censor (a magistrate who oversaw both the census and public morality – hence today’s definition of “censorship”).