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How Do Houston Streets Get Named — And Sometimes Renamed?

Last week, the Prairie View City Council upheld its decision to rename University Drive in honor of Sandra Bland. Naming and renaming streets in the city of Houston can be a lengthy and sometimes controversial process. So, today, we explore why and how streets are named and renamed and what prompts the process. We hear […]

Last week, the Prairie View City Council upheld its decision to rename University Drive in honor of Sandra Bland. Naming and renaming streets in the city of Houston can be a lengthy and sometimes controversial process. So, today, we explore why and how streets are named and renamed and what prompts the process.

We hear your questions for Jerry Wood, former Deputy Assistant Director of the City of Houston’s planning department. He shares his thoughts about the history of Houston's street names and the stories (and, in some cases, mysteries) behind them.

MORE: How Did Houston Streets Get Their Names? (Houston Matters, May 20, 2014)

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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