Feb 1, 2014
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A major street or community center in Richmond could soon be renamed after Nelson Mandela.

The City Council is scheduled to discuss the possibility on Tuesday and could direct city staff to draft a report within 60 days that would include community input and cost analysis of renaming a street or center.

One idea being pitched is to rename Macdonald Avenue after the late South African president, who died Dec. 5 at age 95.

“It seems only fitting that as Richmond shares a commitment to social justice and equity, we carry on a powerful tradition of recognizing this great hero by naming a prominent street, such as Macdonald Ave, or perhaps a prominently placed community center after Nelson Mandela,” according to a letter co-signed by the mayor and two councilmembers.

To mitigate impact on businesses, the mayor proposes having two street names for a while merchants adjust to the change.


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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.