NEWARK, NJ - Renaming Broad Street, one of the city’s main thoroughfares, to Mayor Kenneth A. Gibson Boulevard was a big deal for some, but it’s not the first time a major road in Newark has gotten a new name.
High Street was changed to Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard in the 1980s. Old-timers (by this reporter’s standards) still call it by its original name.
The full 3.14 miles of Broad Street was officially renamed this month to city’s late mayor, who was the first African American elected to the position. City spokesman Frank Baraff said people will have a year to work out the logistics of the change.
“There’s a transition year for people to change their stationary, their address, registration with the post office,” Baraff said. “As you can imagine the logistics of a name change for a major street in the city is not simple.”
But it has been done in the past several times. From Raymond Boulevard to Irvine Turner Boulevard, do you remember what these roads were once called?
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