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Ceturtdiena 22.03.2018 | Name days: Tamāra, Dziedra

Several streets in Riga to be given new names

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RURiga City Council’s City Development Committee has supported giving new names to nine of the Latvian capital’s streets. The final decision on new names will be made at the next meeting of the city council.

Following a proposal from Gen. Pēteris Radziņš Association, it is planned to give a new name – Gen. Radziņš Embankment – to the portion from Krasta iela stretching from 13.Janvāra iela to Jēzusbaznīcas iela. General Pēteris Valdemārs Radziņš (1880-1930) was the one who planned and supervised the operation to liberate Riga. This operation concluded with Bermont-Avalov forces being driven from Riga on 11 November 1919, as noted by representatives of Riga City Council.

A proposal from Latgalian Culture Association suggests renaming the portion of Ķengaraga iela stretching from Austuves iela to Maskavas Street in Riga Latgale District as Franča Trasuna iela. F. Trasuns was an outstanding politician who dedicated his life to protect Lagalian language and culture.

It is also planned to rename the portion of Biķernieku iela stretching from Biķernieku Gatve all the way to Biķernieku iela track as Vilis Gelbes iela. V. Gelbe was a navy lieutenant and Limbazi Commandant. Died a hero’s death in Latvia’s liberation fights in 1919, Riga City Council explains.

Mežaparka residence proposes giving names to several new streets located on New Mezaparks territory. In the quarter between Koknese Prospect and Klaipeda iela, there will be Kelnes iela, Georga Kūfalta iela and Jauna Mežaparka iela. Georgs Kūfalts’ name will be immortalized because he dedicated 34 years of his life developing parks in Riga at the end of the 19th century. It is also proposed to extend Klaipedas iela until Jauna Mežaparka iela.

A proposal from Latvian Deaf Society suggests renaming the final stretch of Pāles iela from Juglas iela to Braiļa iela as Braiļa Street.

The committee also approved the proposal to give Andrejostas iela’s name to the nameless red line section and liquidate Andrejostas iela’s name for all street sections outside red lines.


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  1. LH says:

    Rīga needs urgently a N. Ušakovs iela and A. Ameriks iela

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  2. Neil says:

    Dear Sirs,

    You did not find a way to translate the word gatve. Right so. Addresses (street names) should not be translated. Franca Trasuna iela not street. Or how do you write Cour du Commerce-Saint-André in English? And why no space between initial and last name?


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