Archive for Friday, December 16, 2011

Street precedent

Renaming a road on Kansas University property is the best way to honor a beloved KU football coach.

December 16, 2011


It would be hard to identify a bigger fan of Lawrence and Kansas University than the late Don Fambrough. The former KU football coach has a special place in the hearts of many Lawrence residents.

Nonetheless, Lawrence city commissioners should be wary of the precedent they would set by renaming a portion of 11th Street near KU’s Memorial Stadium after Fambrough. Commissioner Hugh Carter has asked the commission to consider renaming the stretch of 11th Street between Mississippi Street and West Campus Road. The proposal would be less disruptive to existing addresses than a previous proposal to rename Missouri Street between the stadium and Ninth Street, but it still would create confusion.

City officials also need to consider how they would handle future requests to rename existing streets. Many deserving people have contributed greatly to KU and Lawrence. The city obviously can’t honor them all with renamed streets.

KU officials are planning to name a street on university property just west of the stadium Fambrough Way. That’s a nice honor for the coach and a more appropriate recognition than renaming a city street.


stevieboy 6 years, 6 months ago

Why name a street after someone who spewed nothing but hate about a former fellow conference member? People like him are what is wrong with college athletics. On his memorial headstone by the stadium it reads "He Hated Missouri"...Is that something you would want your children to read?...Leave the street names alone...More important issues to deal with.

jhawkinsf 6 years, 6 months ago

2012 Alabama 40, Missouri 7 L.S.U. 56, Missouri 3 Arkansas 23, Missouri 10 Georgia 33, Missouri 13 Kentucky 35, Missouri 32 OT Missouri 28, Vanderbilt 21

2013 Missouri announces that it's lone 2012 SEC victory has been vacated due to the ongoing scandal involving it's coach found drunk behind the wheel while several underage kids were found in various stages of undress in the car. Coach was quoted as say "I thought this was legal on the Vanderbilt campus".

twaldaisy 6 years, 6 months ago

Funny, I never heard of the name Bob Billings until they renamed miles of WEST 15th st. in his honor and many, many more people had to change their addresses. But I did grow up knowing the Fambrough name. Fambrough is/was an icon for KU and Lawrence.

jhawkinsf 6 years, 6 months ago

I still call Clinton Parkway 23rd. St. and I still call Bob Billings 15th. St. I know in New York City that between 5th Ave. and 7th. Ave. is "The Avenue of the Americas". It was so named in honor of the 1939 World's Fair. Most New Yorkers still just call it 6th. Ave.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 6 months ago

I think we should rename every street in town, every year. Not for any good reason, but because apparently none is needed.

Lawrence Morgan 6 years, 6 months ago

It's ridiculous to name a street after Fambrough. If you're going to start naming streets, make the first one Amos, after the founder of Lawrence.

Then, there are many other people besides football coaches who need streets named after them. Fambrough may be "an icon for KU and Lawrence," but there are many others in the past who were too, and some of them were ACADEMICS, who could inspire other people to do well in situations besides football!

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