Thursday, June 15, 2006

Salt Lake Tribune - Residents debate new moniker for North Salt Lake

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other word would smell as sweet."

-- Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2)

North Salt Lake is considering changing it's name. This has been tried before starting in the 1870s, then in 1981. The driving force behind this idea comes from Lisa Watts Baskin who says that it is "confusing, misleading and unattractive."

I would think that more effort should be put into changing the city motto, "Where everybody is somebody". That we should need to remind others of such a thing as our own value gives weight to the argument that we might feel insignificant when compared to the behemouth on our south(Salt Lake City
; for the benefit of those not from 'Orchard Hills') and the thyroid challenged city to the north(Bountiful). Why should we think that we are anything less than a pimple on someone else's back. If you ask me, this is the real reason behind a change of name for NSL.

The ongoing land debate between NSL and SL- driven by the ego-centric Rocky- is a late example of the phenomenon of North Salt Lake getting ignored.

I wouldn't have thought that I would make so many arguments in favor of a name change. It may be costly and, ultimately, unnecessary. The name has been there for a long time.

So what if Qwest can't find my house?

Salt Lake Tribune - Residents debate new moniker for North Salt Lake