Marmon Place, meet Lois Lane.
COLUMN: IN THE NEIGHBORHOODS
Heaven knows what Marmon Place, a short private stretch between That's Entertainment at 244 Park Ave. and Elm Park Auto Body at 234 Park Ave., is named after.
Ken Carson, manager at That's Entertainment, believes it refers to the Marmon automobile, a company that stopped making cars in 1933. The automaker pioneered use of the rear-view mirror, and a Marmon won the first Indianapolis 500. Mr. Carson believes the building That's Entertainment is in was once a Marmon dealership.
But if Mr. Carson and the comic shop owner have their way, motorists and passers by will soon see a less obscure street name - Lois Lane.
Residents who don't know who that is should return to the rock they've been living under all these years.
Mr. Carson and Paul Howley, the store's owner, put their names on a petition that went before the City Council last week to have the street renamed.
"Certainly the character Lois Lane - dating back to 1938 in Superman comic books, and moving on through radio shows, television shows, and movies etc. - is a high-profile, beloved and timeless icon," the petition stated.
Not able to rename streets in a single bound, the City Council did its thing last week and referred the petition to the Planning Board.
Mr. Carson said as he drives around he often thinks about what streets are named after.
"I notice the unimaginative ones, the `A streets,' the `B streets,' there are the ones with children's names, which makes sense, I guess, for the person who creates the development."
He said he thought it might be fun to have someone's GPS tell them to take a left at Lois Lane.
Mr. Carson said the character of Lois Lane appeared as a reporter in the earliest Superman comics. Over the years, she stuck around as Superman's love interest. The pair were married in 1996.
Mr. Carson said he hoped the petition before the City Council added a note of levity to an otherwise sober discussion of budget deficits and city business. He said that comic books have been able to endure because of their universal appeal.
"For superhero comics, it's the same things that drew kids in the 30s and 40s that continues to draw them today," Mr. Carson said. "It's the attraction of imagining yourself as a hero with fantastic powers that still endures. And one of the things that lends itself better in today's world is that it's 20 minutes of an escape from reality."