Metro is getting the community involved in one of its longer construction projects by allowing its riders to christen three stations in downtown Los Angeles.
Metro opened up an online survey for anyone to suggest names for the stations being built on 1st Street/Central Avenue, 2nd Street/Broadway and 2nd Place/Hope Street. Other than requiring suggestions to "identify station by well-known destination" the names are open to the creativity of Angelenos.
"We want to engage the community," says Rick Jager, a Metro spokesperson. "We want to build consensus on what they would like."
A consensus was not easy to find among USC students.
LA native Cory League believes, for the 1st Street/Central Avenue stop, that "everyone kind of knows it as Little Tokyo/Arts District so they should just keep that one."
However, USC student Neal Rehmen said "if you name the 1st and Broadway after the arts district or something, then you are sort of saying this location is that district, you're restricting the growth of the neighborhood. I don't like that."
Metro will be taking submissions until Dec. 15. The stations are part of the regional connector transit project and will be not be operating until 2021.