Friday, September 19, 2003

This morning I heard a traffic reporter announce that an accident had occurred on "Donald Lee Hollwell Parkway also known as Bankhead Highway". Atlanta, this is why we shouldn't go so crazy with renaming the streets. They can't say "Bankhead Highway" because that's not what the street signs say now. They also can't just say "Hollowell Parkway" because too many people still don't know that the name has changed. I wonder why they didn't rename the Bankhead MARTA station too, like they did with Hightower (now Hamilton Holmes).

I also learned recently that the current mania for renaming Atlanta's airport is nothing new. Before it was renamed after William B. Hartsfield, it was called Candler Field after Asa Candler of Coca-Cola (and Candler Park) fame. Do we really have to rename the airport every time a new generation of local leaders comes and goes?