Danville Express

Perspective - October 26, 2007

If it ain't broke …

Alamo Boulevard, you say? The name change from Danville Boulevard for the part of the road that passes through the community of Alamo seems to be the latest attempt by District 3 Supervisor Mary N. Piepho's office to keep Alamoans from moaning. But hopefully everyone will recognize the name change as the bit of bureaucratic nonsense it is.

Piepho's south county field representative recently put forth the suggestion to make the name change, at a meeting of the Alamo Community Council, which includes leaders from various organizations with a vested interest in Alamo. None of the attendees took the suggestion too seriously. She said afterward that some resident had made the suggestion.

To make the change, 90 percent of residents and businesses on Danville Boulevard would have to vote in favor of it. And that is just the start. If the change went forward, everyone in the community would have to pay for the cost of changes, from stationery to business cards to new street signs.

The name change would be a waste of time and money. And if it succeeded, it would interfere with the historical name of a road that does indeed lead to Danville. In the 1800s, the road was known as the Martinez-Mission San Jose road and Alamo was midway between the two places. Alamo and Danville residents have a love for their shared road that manifested itself in the Boulevard of Trees project, which resulted in 300 trees being planted along a three-and-half-mile stretch from 1987-2005.

The supervisor and her staff may feel the name change would add identity to Alamo but the residents say this is the least of their problems. End the cut-through traffic, especially the speeders, and they'll be happy. If and when Alamo incorporates, this might be an issue for the new government to tackle. If and when anyone wants the change.

Alamo already has plenty of identity.


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