Am I the only one who has a problem with renaming West River Drive after Martin Luther King, Jr? Okay, so we are one of the only major cities without a street named after him. So what? We have a high school and recreation center named after him.
Twenty years ago, they renamed East River Drive after Jack Kelly. That created a lot of controversy, and there are still people to this day who refer to it as East River Drive. But Jack Kelly was a Philadelphian! A city coucilman and rower who won an Olympic medal in the sport he practiced on the very river along which the street named after him runs!!
Now I’m not saying that we shouldn’t name a street after MLK. But why West River Drive? Shouldn’t renaming one of the most beautiful and distinctive roads in the city, something that is uniquely, quintessentially Philadelphian, be reserved for a Philadelphian??
I’ll post more info on this when I have time.