Whitehorse to rename First Avenue as Front Street
Council passes motion by 3-2 vote
Whitehorse city council voted in favour of changing the name of First Avenue to Front Street at Monday night's meeting but the decision didn't come without some debate.
The name change passed by a vote of three to two.
Though some residents had suggested names such as "Waterfront Avenue" and "Waterfront Way" during last week's city council meeting, city planning manager Pat Ross said there were only ever two name choices – keep it First Avenue or change it to Front Street.
Councillor Kirk Cameron said he felt they'd been led on.
"Are there other alternatives out there other than Front Street or bust?" he said. "Because otherwise we shouldn't have wasted people's time."
Cameron voted against the motion to change the name, wanting to postpone the decision.
Councillor Dave Stockdale also voted against changing the name.
"My suggestion is just leave well enough alone, don't change anything," he said. "It's been that for all the time I've lived here."
Councillors John Streicker and Betty Irwin and Mayor Dan Curtis, who joined the meeting by telephone, voted in favour of the change.
Councillors Jocelyn Curteanu and Mike Gladish were absent from the meeting.