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Should a creek in eastern Lawrence be named for the late William S. Burroughs, a beat generation icon?

Response Percent Votes
Yes. Burroughs, author of “The Naked Lunch,” lived out the last 15 years of his life in that neighborhood.
39% 558
No, I agree with Douglas County Commissioner Jere McElhaney that Burroughs was a heroin-addicted, wife-shooting keeper of a “revolutionary lifestyle” whose memory ought not be celebrated.
26% 382
No, the name of a natural landmark should go to someone who was more involved in local civic or cultural affairs.
18% 267
Yes, naming the 2.6-mile creek for Burroughs would help bring more literary tourists to the city and to the Brook Creek Neighborhood.
10% 152
4% 63
Total 1422


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