Vancouver Washington, near the Oregon border and lying on the outskirts of Portland, is tired of playing second fiddle to the big cities especially ours which bears the same name. As such, the Washington city is considering changing its name so they can stand out on their own.
“The Vancouver Columbian in Washington reports that a vote Tuesday could mean a majority on the city council in favour of sending the proposal to voters. Supporters of the name change say it would avoid the long-running confusion with Vancouver, B.C. But detractors say it’s not a first priority for council and that residents should get over the fact that the city shares a name with another.” [The Province]
“Residents of Vancouver, Washington go to the polls
tomorrow [today] and the outcome of the election could change the city — or at least its name — forever. A slate of candidates is poised to form a majority on council and one platforms calls for a new name for the city in the extreme southwestern corner of the state. Supporters want to switch to Fort Vancouver — arguing it’s the only way to avoid confusion with Vancouver, B.C. Opponents of the plan — including the current mayor — say there are no other Vancouvers in the United States.” [CTV]
I know there are several “Springfields” across America but I supposed the confusion lies within both Vancouvers being in the Pacific Northwest and the one in Washington simply wanted to stand out on its own. Residents will be voting on the issue today and so far “Fort Vancouver” is the suggested name as the Fort is a National Historic Site.
I’m curious to see what others think about this effort to be individual.