Todd, very quickly because I have to get my rump rolling here. I did forget to mention that a center on James Street will be opening soon and it will be named "The Thomas M. Lindsey Public Safety Center" in his honor and memory.
Yes - I heard the same thing. The Police and Fire Depts are putting a sub-station on James Street and it will be dedicated to the memory of Tom Lindsay. I believe this is much more deserving of Officer Lindsay's memory than naming a street after him.
Thanks for the link Lilbump. It was posted once before. I think, as do many of the rest of the members, that changing a street name is not the appropriate way to honor Tom. Especially when the street that is proposed, is the street where he was gunned down. I am not sure if that is a memory that his family and friends would find appropriate.
I am of the opinion that the naming of the new facility on James St. is much more appropriate, visible, and purposeful.
I still would like to know who the person named Nielsen was who was originally honored by having the street named for them. I'd hate to think we were dishonoring someone in an effort to honor Officer Lindsey. I would think Tom Lindsey would feel the same way.
The random acts of kindness that we perform for one another, are far greater than any “miracle” we could discover or any riches we could accumulate. - Ralph
Haven't found it yet on Google, but here's something interesting from Wiki:
The most common street names in the United States, as of 1993, are: Second or 2nd (10,866) Third (10,131) First (9,898) Fourth (9,190) Park (8,926) Fifth (8,186) Main (7,644) Sixth (7,283) Oak (6,946) Seventh (6,377) Pine (6,170) Maple (6,103) Cedar (5,644) Eighth (5,524) Elm (5,233) View (5,202) Washington (4,974) Ninth (4,908) Lake (4,901) Hill (4,877) The reason for "Second" and "Third" streets being more common than "First" is that some cities do not have "First" streets — naming them "Main" instead, or renaming them after historical figures.
Also, Street Name Lookup on MelissaData shows 39 Neilson Streets in America. Wikipedia's "Street Names" entry is quite interesting and very complete. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Street_name
Last Edit: Apr 18, 2008 22:25:04 GMT -5 by dgriffin
I did sign the petition in hopes the street will be changed in Tom's memory. It is added to many other things in progress that will keep Tom's memory alive for all to remember. The reason I say that is on my trips to Utica I have noticed many memorials placed on the side of some roads for victims that were killed. I found it quite heart warming that they were all being remembered. Truly if Tom was a member of my immediate family I would feel the same.