The new transit and pedestrian bridge over the Willamette needs a name and TriMet is asking the public for suggestions. This bridge is going to be footed on the east side right by the building that houses Portland Opera and AllClassical FM, so an arts-oriented name seems especially apropos, plus, TriMet is emphasizing the artistic side of the project (see photo below from the website).
Let’s start a campaign! Go to the link below and scroll to the bottom where there’s form for your suggestion.
Below is what I (Nancy) wrote about my proposed name, The James DePriest Connecting Way. The deadline is December 1, so don’t delay!
Jimmy, (11/21, 1936 – 2/8, 2013) as he liked to be known, was one of the most beloved public figures in our region’s history. One of the first African-American conductors on the world stage, and a man who didn’t let a physical disability deter him from pursuing his dreams, he began his career as Assistant to Leonard Bernstein. This nephew of Marian Anderson led the Oregon Symphony from 1980-2003 and transformed it into an orchestra with national prominence, and his influence reached beyond the concert hall into the community. He received many honors, including the National Medal of the Arts, but what mattered most to him was connecting with people, and his warmth and charisma brought our whole community together through love for the arts. Jimmy died in February, 2013, so this would be a timely tribute.