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Board discusses renaming street to commemorate King.

Byline: RANDI BJORNSTAD The Register-Guard

The Lane County Commissioners officially began a campaign Wednesday with the purpose of renaming a major thoroughfare in the Eugene-Springfield metropolitan area in honor of the late civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

Although key administrators of the county and the two major cities have discussed the idea informally in the past, it's never gone past the talking stage, board Chairman Bill Dwyer said.

He proposed sending a letter to the Eugene and Springfield city councils - and the state of Oregon, if necessary - inviting them to join with the county in identifying an appropriate road to designate in King's honor.

The commissioners voted unan- imously to pursue the renaming project.

"I don't know how many communities our size have not done something like this" to commemorate King's achievements, Commissioner Peter Sorenson said.

The original discussion centered on renaming Centennial Boulevard, which runs from Coburg Road in Eugene east through county property and through Springfield to 28th Street.

However, when Dwyer pointed out that renaming Centennial would have an adverse impact on thousands of residents and businesses, especially on the Springfield portion of the street, the board agreed to pursue other possibilities, including Belt Line Road, as a fitting memorial to King, who was assassinated in 1968.
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Date:Jun 13, 2002
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