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Dover Street Could be Renamed for Martin Luther King Jr.

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DOVER, Del.- The Rev. Rita Mishoe Paige has been trying to get a street in Dover named for Martin Luther King Jr. for years. Now progress is starting to be made in that direction.

"It's never come to pass and we think that now the timing is right," Paige said.

She almost got her wish in October when the Dover City Council reviewed a plan to rename Division Street for King. But residents and business owners came out against it, saying the change would be too expensive.

"There are 600 addresses that are involved and when you get into that, you have individual persons concerned with changing their addresses, going to the DMV, changing getting new identification," said City Councilman Adam Perza.

Perza is asking the city to consider renaming Court Street Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. 

"We believe that this proposal would not affect any residences in the city," Perza said.

The new plan covers a smaller area than renaming Division Street but supporters say it could be even more significant.

"Anyone from all over the world, anyone coming to Legislative Hill will then have to travel on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard if this proposal passes," Paige said.

The City Council will review the Court Street plan during its Dec. 10 meeting.

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