Alexandria Advisory Group Seeks New Names for Jefferson Davis Highway

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The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA) is helping to make room for more dogs in overcrowded animal shelters affected by Hurricane Matthew and is inviting the Alexandria community to join in the relief effort.

Alexandria City Manager Mark B. Jinks has announced the appointment of an Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Renaming Jefferson Davis Highway, which will solicit public feedback and consider potential new names for a portion of U.S. Route 1. In September 2016, the Alexandria City Council voted unanimously to begin the process of renaming Jefferson Davis Highway in Alexandria.

The Advisory Group plans to hold its first meeting in June, followed by a public survey over the summer to seek naming suggestions. Additional details will be posted online in the coming months as they are developed by the group.

The members of the Advisory Group are Laurie MacNamara (chair), a member of the City’s Budget and Fiscal Affairs Advisory Committee; Lynnwood Campbell, board chair of Senior Services of Alexandria; Gerry Laporte, former president of the Arlington Historical Society; and Elmer Lowe, Sr., former president of the Arlington branch of the NAACP. While the Arlington County Board has not formally considered a name change, Arlington representatives were selected to provide input on potential new names for the continuous stretch of road in both localities.

What would you re-name Jefferson Davis Highway?

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