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Ted Turner Blvd to Join Long List of Switched Street Names

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In an unsurprising turn of events, the Atlanta City Council has voted to rename Spring Street for purveyor of buffalo burgers and all-around mogul Ted Turner. While this might be a nice homage to a man who helped put present-day Atlanta on the map, the renaming of another central city artery has sparked a firestorm of people saying, basically, "Enough is enough!" Georgia has a pretty succinct policy for renaming streets, but a few changes lately have done a bit more than just flout the recommendations. The argument goes that, in addition to pushing the bounds of modern kerning, renaming streets obnoxiously long things makes life hard on some businesses and emergency workers. But screw logic. In honor of the most recent street-name kerfuffle, here's a map of some of the longest street names in Atlanta.

· Downtown Atlanta street renamed for Ted Turner [Atlanta Business Chronicle]
· Atlanta's Street Patterns are Even Whackier Than You Think [Curbed Atlanta]

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Andrew J. Hairston Place

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Newport Street was renamed for "nationally known civic, community and religious leader" Andrew J. Hairston in April 2014.

Andrew Young International Boulevard

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The street in front of the Georgia World Congress Center started life as Cain Street before becoming International Boulevard. Andrew Young's name was added to honor his part in securing the 1996 Olympics.

Centennial Olympic Park Drive

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Passing by the eponymous park, Centennial Olympic Park Drive replaced three streets in the city: Techwood Drive, Orme Street and Walker Street.

Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway

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In an effort to cleanse the street of a less-than-stellar reputation, the city renamed Bankhead Highway to Donald Lee Hollowell.

Hank Aaron Drive

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Capitol Avenue was renamed for legendary Braves player Hank Aaron alongside Turner Field. The legacy will live on even as the Braves move out.

Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard

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A portion of Simpson Street was renamed for progressive mid-century Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr.

John Portman Boulevard At Historic Harris Street

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Surrounded by the buildings he designed, John Portman Boulevard replaced Harris Street back in 2011.

Joseph E. Boone Boulevard

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Simpson Street, which runs straight — give or take three camel humps — from downtown to Collier Heights, was renamed for civil rights activist Joseph E. Boone in 2008.

Rev. Dr. Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard

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The street formerly known as Ashby was renamed after the civil rights leader Rev. Dr. Joseph E. Lowery, and his many titles.

Honorary Xernona Clayton Way

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In 2011, a portion of Baker Street was renamed Honorary Xernona Clayton Way, honoring Clayton's contributions to civil rights and journalism.

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Andrew J. Hairston Place

Newport Street was renamed for "nationally known civic, community and religious leader" Andrew J. Hairston in April 2014.

Andrew Young International Boulevard

The street in front of the Georgia World Congress Center started life as Cain Street before becoming International Boulevard. Andrew Young's name was added to honor his part in securing the 1996 Olympics.

Centennial Olympic Park Drive

Passing by the eponymous park, Centennial Olympic Park Drive replaced three streets in the city: Techwood Drive, Orme Street and Walker Street.

Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway

In an effort to cleanse the street of a less-than-stellar reputation, the city renamed Bankhead Highway to Donald Lee Hollowell.

Hank Aaron Drive

Capitol Avenue was renamed for legendary Braves player Hank Aaron alongside Turner Field. The legacy will live on even as the Braves move out.

Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard

A portion of Simpson Street was renamed for progressive mid-century Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr.

John Portman Boulevard At Historic Harris Street

Surrounded by the buildings he designed, John Portman Boulevard replaced Harris Street back in 2011.

Joseph E. Boone Boulevard

Simpson Street, which runs straight — give or take three camel humps — from downtown to Collier Heights, was renamed for civil rights activist Joseph E. Boone in 2008.

Rev. Dr. Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard

The street formerly known as Ashby was renamed after the civil rights leader Rev. Dr. Joseph E. Lowery, and his many titles.

Honorary Xernona Clayton Way

In 2011, a portion of Baker Street was renamed Honorary Xernona Clayton Way, honoring Clayton's contributions to civil rights and journalism.