This editorial will appear in Tuesday’s print edition.
A new idea shouldn’t be tossed out just because it’s a new idea. The citizens of University Place ought to at least explore the merits of rechristening their city Chambers Bay.
Several city leaders floated the notion recently, and so far it hasn’t proven seaworthy. People tend to see their community and its name as an indivisible package deal. Call it something else, and it’s not quite the same place.
In this case, there’s a certain charm to a “University Place” that has no university. The city’s name dates to the late 1800s, when the founders of the University of Puget Sound decided to establish the school there – and then changed their minds.
The locals stuck with the name, which at least made the community sound as if it abounded in scholars.
“University Place” has a century of fond tradition on its side. Let’s consider the case for “Chambers Bay”:
The name is short, lovely and evokes images of a picturesque cove on Puget Sound. What’s more, University Place actually does have a picturesque cove on Puget Sound.
But the best argument for “Chambers Bay” is that people across the United States will recognize the name in a few years.
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