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Among San Francisco's 2,657 named streets are those that come with fascinating stories, including Cora Street, which is named for lynched Gold Rush murderer Charles Cora, and Laguna Street, which got its name from a now-gone freshwater lake where early residents did their laundry. Petrarch and Laura streets recall an unconsummated love affair, and the two streets are across town from one another in the Financial District and the Mission. Precita Avenue in Bernal means "condemned to hell" in Spanish. [SFGate]