Monday, October 16, 2000

Street near riverfront will bear his name

By Joe Wessels
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Cincinnati will have a lasting tribute to honor the city's first African-American mayor.

        In March, Hamilton County commissioners approved $3 million for Theodore M. Berry Way, a yet-to-be-con structed street near the riverfront.

        Theodore M. Berry Way will run north of Mehring Way, stretching west from the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge to near Elm Street. Later, it will be connected eastward to Main Street, near the future Reds' Great American Ball Park.

        Plans are also in the works for the Theodore M. Berry International Friendship Park on Eastern Avenue, expected to be built next spring. Money was approved in January 1999 to turn property east of the Montgomery Inn Boathouse into the park.

        The Cincinnati Park Board voted unanimously in 1997 to name the International Friendship Park after Mr. Berry.

        The street-naming idea was proposed by Cincinnati city council member Charlie Winburn in 1997, after attempts to rename two other streets after the former mayor.

        “People were shocked I got that through,” Mr. Winburn said Sunday.

        He said he is happy to be able to honor Mr. Berry.

        Produce Way had its name changed temporarily to honor Mr. Berry in 1997, but the road was demolished to make way for Paul Brown Stadium.


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