the US advertising industry More Like This Place names representing activities Downing Street, Madison Avenue, Grub Street, Holyrood, Main Street, Number Ten, the Oval Office, the Palace, Silicon Valley, the Vatican, Whitehall, the White HouseSee worksheet. From the name of the street in New York where many advertising companies have their offices. See related entries: Marketing Culture Madison Avenue, as well as having come to mean the US advertising industry, is also used to refer to the methods the industry uses, which many people regard as too aggressive and sometimes dishonest. The street also has several art galleries. In the past a number of rich families owned large houses on Madison Avenue.