What's in a name?
The Grandview Scenic Byway Park that winds though Mount Washington and Duquesne Heights would be renamed Emerald View Park under legislation introduced in Pittsburgh City Council Tuesday.I find "Emerald Park" to be less than inspiring; it brings to mind poorly planned public housing, nuts or Winkies. Might as well just skywrite "SURRENDER DOROTHY" over the damned thing and be done with it.
Councilwoman Theresa Smith said in a news release that the new name for the 235-acre park created in 2005 is "symbolic both of Pittsburgh's growing green identity" and the "green rebirth" of the park itself, plus the spectacular views available there. The proposed name came from a community process run by the Mount Washington Community Development Corp., Visit Pittsburgh, and a renaming committee, and will be the subject of a council hearing prior to a vote.
I suppose it's better than the names they rejected:
Washington ParkYes, those are all terrible names.
Guy Lombardo Park
Karma Sutra Park
Doctor Richard Florida's Cavalcade of Flying Magical Mystery and Fantasmagoria Park
No Parking on the 4th of July Park
Luke Ravenstahl Memorial Park