STREET NAMES CONSIDERED; PALMDALE'S GRID SYSTEM SLOWLY GETS ENHANCED.
What's in a name? Perhaps, Councilman David Myers says, some neighborhood pride.
Myers would like to see some of the numbered and lettered streets in Palmdale take on friendlier monikers. While street names might seem like a frivolous concern for municipal government, Myers believes names help determine a neighborhood's image.
``Numbers sound bureaucratic,'' Myers said. ``Numbers tend not to give one a sense of community.''
There's no move afoot to begin changing street names, but it is a topic worthy of public discussion, Myers said.
``I want to have a conversation on this topic, particularly with the neighborhood groups,'' Myers said.
No one, Myers said, wants to do away with the Antelope Valley's grid system: east-west streets being lettered, north-south streets being numbered, with Division Street serving as the dividing line between streets west and streets east.
Myers doesn't see major avenues - R and S, for example - being renamed. The focus should be on smaller neighborhoods.
Perhaps new names for streets could done in such a way that they still fit into the grid system, Myers said. For example, Q-2 could be Queen 2 or Quail 2.
In addition to building some neighborhood pride, named streets could also be a unifying factor between east and west sections of the city, Myers said. The east side of the city, which has more of the older neighborhoods, has more of the numbered and lettered streets than the newer housing developments on the west side.
Palmdale has changed the names of some streets, putting their previous monikers in parenthesis on street signs and maps. In 1991, streets around Highland High School were renamed to help build pride for what was then a new high school - 25th Street West signs changed to ``Highland Street (25th Street West)'' and Avenue P-8 became ``Bulldog Avenue (Avenue P-8).''
More recently, a portion of Avenue P-8 became Technology Drive at the request of Senior Systems Technology Inc., which moved to Palmdale from the San Fernando Valley and opened an electronics component manufacturing plant last summer.
Street signs will be going up within the next few weeks noting a name change of Avenue P to Rancho Vista Boulevard between 15th Street East and the Rancho Vista development.
The change, made at the request of Rancho Vista developer Gregg Anderson, who is also paying for the new signs, will reflect the fact the street serves as an entryway into Rancho Vista. Street signs will keep ``Avenue P'' in parenthesis to stay within the Antelope Valley's grid system.
Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford likes the idea of dual street names.
``It's a way to improve self-image, and it's an opportunity to recognize people who are no longer with us,'' Ledford said. ``We want to keep the grid system. The grid system is a wonderful way to get around the city. For a city that is growing, it's a way to help new residents to get around.''
PHOTO (Color) Traffic engineer Tom Horne displays signs that may be used along Avenue P.
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