Re­name the down­town ex­press­way af­ter Ashe

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - EDITORIAL PAGE -

ED­I­TOR, TIMES-DIS­PATCH:

Of all the pos­si­ble peo­ple with ties to the Rich­mond area, it’s dif­fi­cult to imag­ine some­one more de­serv­ing than Arthur Ashe of hav­ing a street, a boule­vard, or even an ex­press­way named af­ter him.

Yet, there are many con­sid­er­a­tions when it comes to chang­ing a street name like the Boule­vard. If that is the street to be changed, then ev­ery street sign at ev­ery in­ter­sec­tion will have to be changed. That could be very ex­pen­sive and la­bor in­ten­sive.

Ev­ery busi­ness lo­cated on the Boule­vard would have to change its sta­tionery let­ter­head, its advertising and busi­ness cards, and any­thing else that pertains to the lo­ca­tion. That too could be ex­pen­sive and la­bor in­ten­sive. Some busi­nesses might even feel com­pelled to change their names to re­flect the new street name. Again, ex­pen­sive and la­bor in­ten­sive.

There might be a much less costly so­lu­tion: Change the name of the down­town ex­press­way to the Arthur Ashe Ex­press­way. That way, Ashe’s name would get ex­po­sure to in­ter­state trav­el­ers and only a few signs would have to be changed. No busi­nesses would be in­volved.

The Ashe name could still link north and south Rich­mond, as well as east and west Rich­mond.

Chang­ing the name would elim­i­nate con­fu­sion at the in­ter­sec­tion of In­ter­state 95 and 195. And trav­el­ers would see Ashe’s name as they drove through and around the city of his birth. HARRIS RASKIND.

GLEN ALLEN.

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