New road name denotes 'Renaissance'

October 20, 2009|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

HAGERSTOWN -- Cramer is out, Renaissance is in.

The road running between East Washington and East Antietam streets now will be called Renaissance Way.

The city decided to rename that stretch of Cramer Alley, near the Arts and Entertainment District parking deck, as it was widened and opened to two-way traffic.

The mayor and city council asked for the public's help picking a new name, preferably without the word "alley" in it.

Bill Baker of Halfway submitted the winning entry for the new name.

"It seemed like an appropriate name to commemorate the revival and rebirth of downtown Hagerstown," he said.

Baker's father, William H. Baker Jr., was a Ward 1 city councilman in the 1960s.

Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II said the city received 269 entries. Suggestions solicited by The Herald-Mail also were forwarded to the city.


The city asked 911 officials to check for conflicts with existing road names.

The list was narrowed to 65 finalists.

Karen Giffin, the city's director of community affairs, said there were some other "Renaissance" entries with "Road" or "Street."

The city isn't sure who "Cramer" was.

City officials gathered at the site on Tuesday. Bruchey and Councilman Martin E. Brubaker tugged at a covering, revealing the new street sign.

"I think it's kind of neat," Baker said. "Every time I drive by, I'll know I played a part in naming it."

The new road name is scheduled to come before the city council for approval next week, but Councilman Lewis C. Metzner said he didn't expect any opposition.

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