Lee Street, High Point Road to be renamed Gate City Boulevard

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- One vote changed one of Greensboro's most popular corridors.

A portion of Lee Street and High Point Road will be renamed East and West Gate City Boulevard.

After talking about it for nearly five years, the Greensboro City Council passed the name change with a 5-4 vote.

Some council members argued that it is more than just a name change, saying it is more about reshaping the corridor.

"If you’re looking at it from a street naming standpoint, I've said it before and I will say it again, you're considering the wrong thing. This is a corridor reshaping. This is one of the major corridors, gateways for our community," said Councilman Zack Matheny, who was in favor of the name change.

Other council members weren't in favor of it.

"We are helping small business left now why are we trying to hurt them it just makes no sense to me," said Councilwoman Marikay Abuzuaiter.

The name change will impact 436 businesses that will have to change their signage, advertising tools, vehicles and more. The changes could cost several thousands of dollars.

West Lee Street Tire and Automotive, for example, now has to decide what their new name of their business will be.

"I don't know what we'll do as far as changing the name or if we will just keep the name the same and be West Lee Street Tire and Automotive on Gate City Boulevard," said John Thaxton, with West Lee Street Tire and Automotive. "I don't know. We'll see when it comes to it I guess."

The name change will go into effect in the fall of 2015.

6 comments

    • chucky1992

      A rose is still a rose by any other name… you can’t polish a turd… if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s probably a duck. It just does not make sense to spend all of that money to change signs and cause businesses to change everything they have to change just to remove a street name that is associated with crime. Are you going to do that for other high crime areas? Matheny’s reason is just plain stupid. High Point Road connects Jamestown (a nice town but a small town) to Lee St which connects to the OLD 40. How does that make it “corridor reshaping”? More tax dollars wasted. And who benefits from it? Nobody.

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