Right Woman, Wrong Road

October 23, 2006 at 12:25pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

When I first saw that the local chapter of the NAACP wants to rename part of Capitol Parkway after Rosa Parks, I thought, “Oh man, that would be a pain! Think of all the addresses that would have to change…”

Then I realized that they’re talking about Capitol Parkway from 9th Street to Highway 77. That deals with my initial concern—nobody has an address on that stretch of Capitol Parkway—but it raises another: how much of an honor is it to name such a boring, unloved stretch of pavement after someone? Not much, in my opinion.

So then I tried to come up with a better road to (re)name. Three possibilities immediately came to mind: the new north/south Antelope Valley roadway; the South Beltway; and the East Beltway. I think the Antelope Valley roadway already has a name, but since most of it doesn’t exist yet, renaming it would take little more than changing a few planning maps. The beltways, I admit, are almost vaporware at this point, but due to their prominence they would be more of an honor. Some day.

Another possibility that I would propose is giving Highway 2—aka “Nebraska Highway”—a “real” name. Once the South Beltway is completed it won’t be Highway 2 any more. And personally, I think that renaming it will make it seem less like a highway, and therefore people will treat it less like one. (Cornhusker Highway, I suppose, could also be a candidate, but its environs will take a lot of work before I would consider naming it after Rosa Parks.)

What current or future stretch of road would you name after Rosa Parks?

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Mr. T October 23, 2006 at 2:26pm

To answer your question, I’d have to say Lincoln Mall - the 3 block street from the Unicam to the City/County Building.

foxspit October 23, 2006 at 4:16pm

Not a bad idea Mr. T!

I also like the idea of the north/south Antelope Valley Road as well as Highway 2.  I think renaming Lincoln Mall is my favorite choice.

Mr. Wilson October 23, 2006 at 4:28pm

At first I thought you meant Centennial Mall, but Lincoln Mall isn’t a bad idea at all. There are a few businesses along there, so that’s a downside. But the symbolism of the road’s government connections—not to mention its heavy use by city buses—is interesting.

Neal October 23, 2006 at 7:49pm

And the flowery medians are kind of like little rosey parks.

Mr. Wilson October 23, 2006 at 7:59pm


We’ll be seeing that in the LJS this week, right? Please?

D.M.B. October 24, 2006 at 5:28am

I know what Rosa Parks did.
I know what Rosa Parks symbolizes.

Why in Lincoln?

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