There is a good deal of talk about renaming 34th Street and calling it Louis Coleman Jr. Boulevard. I'm not in favor of this idea for two reasons.
First, although Coleman did some good in this community, and nobody will dispute that, he also did harm. He claimed to be dedicated to fighting racism, but in a twisted reality he used racism as his currency and fanned its flames so he could earn a living by fighting it. He extorted money from many companies by threatening to picket them and disrupt their business if they didn't write him a check. I don't think you honor people like this.
Second, changing the name of a street is a major inconvenience for the people who live on that street. I think the Metro Council should demand a petition signed by at least 80% of the residents of any street they are considering renaming stating that they are willing to go through this change. After all, every single debtor or creditor will have to be notified. Every friend and family member on every Christmas card list will have to note the change. And they will lose the handy two numbers and two letters of 34th Street and substitute them for the 18 letters of Louis Coleman Junior Boulevard on every return envelope and every application form whenever the new address is given.
I think the residents should be heard on this issue. If they like the street change idea, then go for it.
What do you think? Call us and let us know.
I'm Bill Lamb…and that's my Point of View.