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Old 06-23-2013, 10:54 PM
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The article I read on the subject indicated the name change was instigated by the thought that somehow a name change will change the shabby look of the property along the corridor. Do I really need to quote Shakespeare here? A name change is only really required if the name itself is faulty or undesired.

I'm sure there are streets in many communities which look perfectly fine and bear the name Lee, so the name is not causing the problem with the look of the street. If, however the city feels that Lee, whether or not it was named for General Robert Lee, evokes an image of the Confederacy and the city would prefer to rid itself of such an association, then a name change is rationale. Of course, Lee St. could just have well been named for Henry 'Lighthorse Harry' Lee who accompanied Gen. Greene in his Southern Campaigns. This is quite likely as many a street in Greensboro was named for Revolutionary War officers and heroes.

Henry Lee, aside from being a very young Lt. Colonel during the Revolution (and later Major General) was also once Governor of Virginia and a Representative in Congress. He did father, among many children, Robert E. Lee in 1807, and is also remembered for eulogizing George Washington with "First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen."

Whatever is decided, the choice of street 'type' should not be used to attempt to turn a sow's ear into a silk purse. Too often civic leaders embarrass their communities by deeming a street a boulevard with the stroke of a pen. There are very few examples in the United States of a public right-of-way that has the characteristics associated with the boulevards of Europe. While there is no official definition, that which the French call a boulevard possesses great, very wide, walkways.

Greensboro needs to adopt a definition for its street types to avoid future abuse. If it's a drive, call it a drive, if its a lane, call it a lane, if its an avenue, call it an avenue, and if Greensboro ever achieves a street with the characteristics from which the name 'boulevard' was born, then call it a boulevard, otherwise just use 'street'. The city has used the term 'boulevard' about seven times, and all inappropriately.
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Old 06-24-2013, 08:07 PM
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I pray to God that they are not trashing Lee Street for political correctness. If so, I hope the venture is cursed with plague and famine!
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Old 11-20-2013, 04:32 AM
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After a vote of 5-4, 436 business now will now have to change their mailings and marketing and business like West Lee Street Tire may need to change their name.
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