so i was reading this murder mystery (old habits die hard) and one of the characters, a forensic linguist (linguistic anthropologist?) said he was able to track a kidnapper to akron, ohio because he mentioned a "devil strip" in his ransom note. apparently "devil strip" is local akron lingo for that area of grass between the sidewalk and the street. he also goes on to say that some places have very specific names for that patch of grass, but most have no name at all.
i'm from cleveland, ohio, and i swear we called it a "treelawn." am i remembering wrong here?
(i've also lived in florida, where for the most part there just aren't any sidewalks! or basements! it was a strange and mysterious world to me.)