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U-District residents want to put an end to ‘Brooklyn Station’ name

Posted by Kate Bergman on November 14th, 2011

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
by any other name would smell as sweet”

Image courtesy Sound Transit

Sound Transit has been calling the future light rail station planned for the heart of the University District ‘Brooklyn Station.’ But to some University District residents the name just plain stinks. To help keep the Brooklyn moniker from sticking, at least one member of the University District Council plans to be outside Sound Transit’s open house Wednesday night to hand out fliers in support of changing the name.

The purpose of the 6 p.m. meeting at the Neptune Theater is for Sound Transit to show off the latest station designs and explain how its construction could affect the surrounding streets, businesses and residents. Changing the station name will have to wait. The Sound Transit Board will take up the matter as soon as next summer. Meanwhile, Sound Transit will continue to take suggestions. “We have heard a lot of interest in U-District Station,” said Sound Transit Spokesperson Bruce Gray. “For the time being, we’ll continue calling it Brooklyn Station as a placeholder.

Brooklyn Station open house
6 – 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 16
Neptune Theatre
1303 NE 45th Street, Seattle

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7 reader comments so far ↓

  • 1 Gordon Werner // Nov 17, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    why do people not like the name “Brooklyn Station”?

  • 2 Cascadian // Nov 17, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Brooklyn is the historical name of the neighborhood. It has more character than “U District.” What’s more, “University Station” is already on the network, and unfortunately isn’t likely to be renamed before Brooklyn Station is in operation.

    Please keep “Brooklyn Station.”

    –former resident on Brooklyn Ave.

  • 3 Ryan Bianchi // Nov 17, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    The discussion at last week’s University District Neighborhood Association meeting surrounded the notion that University District Station is clearer about where you’re actually arriving. If you’re someone who doesn’t know the city then Brooklyn Station is fairly meaningless since Brooklyn Avenue isn’t a major street nor does it contain any significant destination.

    At last night’s open house, the debate seemed heading more toward deciding whether “U District Station” or “University District Station” should be chosen. We’ll see what the board decides next summer.

  • 4 Mike Orr // Nov 18, 2011 at 11:45 am

    The problem of people not knowing it’s the U-district can be handled by supplemental signage and announcements, e.g., “Brooklyn Station, (University District)” on the map, and “Brooklyn Station, University Way, NE 45th Street” in the verbal announcement.

  • 5 NickBob // Nov 19, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    I’ve worked or lived in the U District since ‘72, and I’ve never heard of the neighborhood referred to as Brooklyn. Not even at the Last Exit coffeehouse, or to give it its full name, The Last Exit on Brooklyn. If it was used prior to the 70’s, the usage has passed, like the Giants from that other Brooklyn. It would make more sense to change the name of the downtown station to Benaroya, which has a better sense of the contemporary space than having it named for the street which was named for the since-moved-from-downtown University of Washington. Make the names meaningful.

  • 6 Brian McNeill // Nov 22, 2011 at 9:31 am

    Since University Station is taken, how about Husky Station?

  • 7 Fruitbat // Nov 30, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    That’s the Dodgers who are from the “other” Brooklyn. The NY Giants played in Manhattan.

    Anyway, “Brooklyn” is too obscure for the station on Brooklyn, but “Benaroya” is going to help those looking for an address on, say, University?