Tailpipe took heed. Maybe Mayor Mara's complaint seemed almost reasonable.
Drive through Hollywood and you get a history lesson. There's a nearly century-old tradition of naming city roads after ex-presidents, from Washington Street to Coolidge Street, in exact order of succession.
But then there was this, jutting from a pole at the corner of Federal Highway. "Polk Street," the sign read, referring to former President James Polk. But under the street name was another name -- Radius Drive, as in Lane Company's 12-story Radius condo tower going up near Young Circle. Polk Street now has an official co-name.
Had Hollywood become Developer-
landia, altering tradition for a fat-cat condo developer?
"Only someone from New Times could say that with a straight face," Mayor Mara responded, noting that two other city streets are co-named, respectively, for baseball slugger and children's hospital namesake Joe DiMaggio and residential developer Ben Tobin.
As for co-naming a street for a gleaming condo tower now under construction: Don't blame me, Mara said in effect. The decision to give Polk Street a developer-friendly co-name was made by her mayoral predecessors, David Keating and Sal Oliveri.