Home > news, rants > Oh Please

Oh Please

February 16th, 2007 Leave a comment Go to comments

According to this story in the LSJ a local businessman and former parade chairman wants to change the name of Michigan Avenue to “The Avenue of Michigan.”

My thoughts:

1. Come on. This is exactly the kind of fluff that is supposed to make people feel better about having a terrible state economy but doesn’t actually accomplish anything.

2. If you’re going to bother to change the name wouldn’t you want to use something… different? If you rename it “The Avenue of Michigan” I’d be willing to bet that 95% of the local population will keep referring to it as Michigan Avenue because it’s easier and makes more sense.

3. The main reason for this idea according to the article is he “wants to put a spotlight on one of Lansing’s busiest streets.” I guess having Lansing’s only family museum, two theatres, the civic center, and oh yeah the CAPITOL BUILDING directly at the end of the view isn’t enough of a spotlight.

I can’t decide if this is just an ultimately fruitless idea or another example of the LSJ really reaching for news topics.

Categories: news, rants Tags:
  1. BigJohn
    May 9th, 2007 at 09:07 | #1

    For what it’s worth, I still know a number of people (myself included) who refer to Lansing’s renamed Martin Luther King Jr road as the original “Logan Ave”.

    I’ve never liked these touchy-feely renamings… particularly when they end up detracting from the overall uniqueness of a city.

    Besides, doesn’t “The Avenue of Michigan” just scream so overly-pretentious that I drive a mini-cooper as a status symbol?

  1. No trackbacks yet.