Now that we are accustomed to the naming of stadiums, fields and arenas (as in “Safeco” field, “CenturyLink” field, “Key” arena,”Petco” park), we should consider doing this for other public places. We could have Safeway I-5 and Microsoft 405 and Bed Bath & Beyond I-90.
And we wouldn’t have to stop with roads; what about libraries, museums and parks? Just think about Waste Management Park (AKA Point Defiance).
If we (taxpayers) are not able to afford these luxuries, why not let private enterprise have them. Sell the naming rights and along with that they could have the right to maintain them and pay for them. This seems to be such a pure form of capitalism and in today’s economy this could be an easy solution to our decaying infrastructure.
The intitial purchase could help our state budgets while our legislators could make plans for the money no longer needed to build or repair these roads. And here in Washington state our gas prices could be lowered as the tax for roads would no longer be needed.
Jobs would be born with the advent of the named street, road or boulavard being upgraded to meet the high standards and quality for these formitable businesses. You can plan your routes and trips by your favoorite store or business. At least we would know who to call when the road is full of potholes!