Talk:Triple-decker

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"Triple-decker" vs "three-decker"[edit]

Both the Boston Globe and the Worcester Telegram & Gazette prefer three-decker as does the Worcester Historical Museum in its article on the historical signifance of the three-decker. http://www.worcesterhistory.org/wo-3deckers.html

I've heard both names used. Google search for "triple-decker house OR housing OR apartment OR condo" turned up approximately twice as many hits as the corresponding search for "three-decker", so I think the article should continue to use "triple-decker" as the primary term. Dr.frog 21:36, 15 December 2006 (UTC)

Triple-decker is a misnomer. These are historically called three deckers in eastern Massachusetts where they originated and are erroneously referred to as triple-deckers. --209.183.34.48 04:29, 30 December 2006 (UTC)ACB

I believe that "three-decker" is correct, but that "triple-decker" is more likely to be used by the kind of person who goes online, thus accounting for its preponderance in a Google search. JamesMLane t c 07:26, 30 July 2007 (UTC)
I've lived in a triple-decker for many years, and that's what they were known as. But, we would say three-decker or more often, three-family, because we Bostonians like to shorten names of things, like streets, and such, removing extra syllables. - Jeeny Talk 15:10, 30 July 2007 (UTC)
Anyway, try saying "triple-decker" and then say "three-decker" out loud. Which is easier? I believe triple-decker flows better and one can say it very fast. lol. Also I think it's the other way around. The transplants call it a three-decker, rather than three-family, etc.- Jeeny (talk) 07:53, 25 November 2007 (UTC)
You have a double-decker bus, it would only make sense to have a triple-decker apartment building. --222.155.63.195 (talk) 08:00, 25 November 2007 (UTC)
There are no double-decker buses in Boston, nor the US. Now take my advice again, and read a book or two. - Jeeny (talk) 08:09, 25 November 2007 (UTC)
I meant 'you' in a general way. Mankind. But seriously, you have no double deckers in Boston? I thought US cities would have high capacity public transport. Never mind, it's not the point. --222.155.63.195 (talk) 08:13, 25 November 2007 (UTC)
I knew what you meant, but still. Read a book, no more comics. There are two-family houses, but no-one would call them double-deckers. We have trains/subways, oh and trolleys... well in Boston, and many older (bigger) cities, anyway. Not here. It sucks here, even though Cincinnati is a "big" city (3rd largest). There were subways built here, but incomplete and never used. Spent all that money for naught. - Jeeny (talk) 08:16, 25 November 2007 (UTC)
I grew up in one of these in Cambridge (in fact, just down the street from the one pictured, which was a bit of a thrill to see) and I can't remember them being called anything but three-deckers, so I'm going to agree with Jeeny. Something I hesitate to add to the article, because I can't find a citation, is that these houses usually feature two interior staircases to the upper floors, and a full basement. The reason for the back stair case was to keep the front staircase clean. The houses were mostly heated by a hot water radiator system fired by a coal furnace originally (no longer!) and the back staircase accesses the basement and a coal room, where you'd go for cooking fuel. Obviously you don't want to be carring coal up the front stairs and through your living area, nor the coal ash down the front stairs either, if you're trying to keep a "respectable" home. If anyone has good texts on this style of vernacular home, it would be great to add that info to the article. Cantabwarrior (talk) 23:08, 7 January 2008 (UTC)

? Incomplete subways? I bet they are great fun to explore thru. Can you get into them? We have Trams (trolleys) up in Christchurch and in a few other towns. I can't imagine not driving my own car though, it's too fun. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 222.155.63.195 (talk) 08:34, 25 November 2007 (UTC)

Article should have a link in case any one is looking for a tripple cheeseburger. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 67.175.86.191 (talk) 06:16, 20 May 2008 (UTC)

Bayonne Box[edit]

A "Bayonne Box" is something completely different than a triple decker. Yes, North Jersey cities like Newark and Bayonne have triple deckers. However the Bayonne Box is a new phenomenon. It's a recently made house that takes up the entire lot, with no yard, back or front. The front of the house is mostly taken up by the garage and driveway. Most have aluminum siding. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 71.255.170.96 (talkcontribs) 02:41, 21 May 2009