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Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 09/14/2011

The worst Metro station name idea


Southwest and Near Southeast’s ANC 6D voted Monday night to support changing the Navy Yard Metro station to “Navy Yard-W” (except, instead of a the W you see here, picture the curled W on Washington Nationals hats). Yes, that means a Metro station with a logo in the name. This is just one of the craziest of the many proposals to add nearby attractions to Metro station names.

The ANC’s action actually just amends its previous resolution, which supported the too-long “Navy Yard-Capitol Riverfront-W.” If Metro doesn’t allow a logo to be part of a name, they now support “Navy Yard-Ballpark”; the previous backup was “Navy Yard-Capitol Riverfront-Nationals Park.”

When WMATA was discussing guidelines for station names, it didn’t even occur to me (or, probably, to most people) to even consider requiring names to actually use regular letters. This idea resembles the 1990s antics from the artist formerly known as the artist formerly known as Prince.

A strange symbol in a station name would cause untold confusion. How will people talk about the station in text messages? There isn’t a key for “Curly W logo” on any smartphones. Many apps contain lists of stations. What would they do?

[Continue reading David Alpert’s post at Greater Greater Washington.]

David Alpert is founder and editor of Greater Greater Washington. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

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