Our View: King Drive issue draws responses

Mar. 09, 2013 @ 04:29 PM

Hundreds of people responded to The High Point Enterprise online poll question: “Should High Point City Council rename Kivett Drive in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.?”
And overwhelmingly, the response was “No.”
Based on numbers late Thursday when a new online opinion poll began on the front page of the Enterprise’s website — hpe.com — some 71.8 percent of respondents opposed renaming Kivett Drive. Those voting in favor of the proposal to rename Kivett Drive totaled 25.1 percent.
So by an almost 3 to 1 margin, respondents to the poll said they want to leave the name Kivett Drive as it is. However, a portion of poll respondents clicked a third option for answering the poll: Rename another street.
Some 3.1 percent of respondents registered the opinion that another street in the city should be named to honor King and his leadership of and contributions to the U.S. Civil Rights Movement. The online poll didn’t offer suggestions for other streets that potentially could be renamed, but we encourage readers to submit suggestions and opinions for publication in Your View on this aspect of the discussion.
We also offer a suggestion in relation to that third option — renaming another street in King’s honor. Currently, South College Drive runs from South Main Street northward to Montlieu Avenue, about where it changes to North College Drive. It seems changing that section of the route to Martin Luther King Jr. Drive would be a suitable tribute to King.
Renaming that section of the roadway would give the King memorial drive a prominent presence on South Main Street at one terminus of the route, more prominence at its intersections with Green Drive and Kivett Drive and at another prominent intersection at the route’s northern terminus at Montlieu Avenue.
From Montlieu Avenue northward to Eastchester Drive and on perhaps to Johnson Street, the route could be known as University Drive, reflecting the presence of High Point University facilities along the way.
Renaming this section of South College Drive to honor King, seems to be a reasonable solution that would cause minimal disruption and cost for business and residential addresses along the route. We encourage consideration and discussion of it.