A name change I can get behind

I never liked the switch from Delaware Ave. to Columbus Blvd. West River Drive is still West River Drive in my head. And I’m thrilled that the campaign to change the name of 30th Street Station has been abandoned.

With this history of being resistant to name changes, I warily read an article in the Inquirer this morning entitled, “Washington followers favor renaming a street.” Rev. Paul M. Washington was an activist Episcopal priest from the Church of the Advocate in North Philadelphia, until his death in 2002. He was a supporter of black rights, LGTB rights, of female priests and of antiwar protestors. He was a radical and a warrior for truth during times when others were afraid to step forward. The North Philadelphia community in which he lived and worked is conducting a petition drive to rename Diamond Street between Broad Street and 33d Street as Father Paul M. Washington Avenue.

I hope they succeed.

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